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Winnie Yip, Ph.D.

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Dr. Winnie Yip is Professor of the Practice of Global Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and also Director of the school wide China Health Partnership. Dr. Yip was previously a Professor of Health Policy and Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford, where she was director of the Global Health Policy Program.

Dr. Yip holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on: 1) the design, implementation and evaluation of systemic health care interventions, for improving affordable and equitable access to and the efficiency and quality of health care delivery, especially for the poor; 2) modeling and evaluating the effects of incentives on the behavior of providers (organization and individual) and patients.

Yip's research encompasses both why health systems fail and how to improve them for the benefit of the people they serve. Her approach typically involves large-scale social experimentation of health system interventions by using experimental design to integrate the transformation of financing, incentives, organization and management. With a network of Chinese universities, Dr. Yip's ongoing research projects cover over 25 million people in the low income provinces in China.

Yip often works in close collaboration with governments and she has extensive experience leading interdisciplinary teams with expertise in public health, economics, political economy, evaluation science, epidemiology, quality of care, marketing science, and management.

In addition to China, Dr. Yip has studied and advised health care reforms in the wider Asia region, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and she has extensive experience in executive training courses for senior health policymakers. She was the founding director of the Asia Network for Health System Strengthening.

Dr. Yip has served as an adviser to many international agencies, including the World Bank and the World Health Organization, and notably to the most recent World Bank's Healthy China study that top Chinese leaders have accepted into their next Five Year Plan on Health. She has also been a member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the National Academy of Medicine's Standing Committee on Health Systems Strengthening. She is a Senior Editor of Social Science and Medicine (Health Policy editorial office), Associate Editor of Health Economics and Health Systems & Reform and serves on the editorial board for several other health policy publications.

Dr. Yip has published extensively in top policy and economics journals, such as the Lancet, Health Economics. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Health Result Innovation Trust Fund (HRITF) of the World Bank, the European Union Commission, the Economics and Social Science Research Council.

The effect of migration on the health and well-being of the elderly in rural China.
International, 06/26/06 - 08/20/06

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  1. Hu H, Jian W, Fu H, Zhang H, Pan J, Yip W. Health service underutilization and its associated factors for chronic diseases patients in poverty-stricken areas in China: a multilevel analysis. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021 Jul 18; 21(1):707. PMID: 34275449.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Zhang A, Nikoloski Z, Albala SA, Yip W, Xu J, Mossialos E. Patient Choice of Health Care Providers in China: Primary Care Facilities versus Hospitals. Health Syst Reform. 2020 12 01; 6(1):e1846844. PMID: 33314985.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Song Z, Zhu Y, Zou H, Fu H, Yip W. A Tale of Transition: Trends of Catastrophic Health Expenditure and Impoverishment in Urban China, 1986-2009. Health Syst Reform. 2020 12 01; 6(1):e1836731. PMID: 33253047.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Feng Z, Glinskaya E, Chen H, Gong S, Qiu Y, Xu J, Yip W. Long-term care system for older adults in China: policy landscape, challenges, and future prospects. Lancet. 2020 10 24; 396(10259):1362-1372. PMID: 34338215.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Lin X, Jian W, Yip W, Pan J. Perceived Competition and Process of Care in Rural China. Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2020; 13:1161-1173. PMID: 32884377.
    Citations: 1     
  6. Li X, Krumholz HM, Yip W, Cheng KK, De Maeseneer J, Meng Q, Mossialos E, Li C, Lu J, Su M, Zhang Q, Xu DR, Li L, Normand ST, Peto R, Li J, Wang Z, Yan H, Gao R, Chunharas S, Gao X, Guerra R, Ji H, Ke Y, Pan Z, Wu X, Xiao S, Xie X, Zhang Y, Zhu J, Zhu S, Hu S. Quality of primary health care in China: challenges and recommendations. Lancet. 2020 06 06; 395(10239):1802-1812. PMID: 32505251.
    Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  7. Levy M, Chen Y, Clarke R, Bennett D, Tan Y, Guo Y, Bian Z, Lv J, Yu C, Li L, Yip W, Chen Z, Mihaylova B. Socioeconomic differences in health-care use and outcomes for stroke and ischaemic heart disease in China during 2009-16: a prospective cohort study of 0·5 million adults. Lancet Glob Health. 2020 04; 8(4):e591-e602. PMID: 32199125.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Yip W, Fu H, Chen AT, Zhai T, Jian W, Xu R, Pan J, Hu M, Zhou Z, Chen Q, Mao W, Sun Q, Chen W. 10 years of health-care reform in China: progress and gaps in Universal Health Coverage. Lancet. 2019 Sep 28; 394(10204):1192-1204. PMID: 31571602.
    Citations: 100     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Jian W, Figueroa J, Woskie L, Yao X, Zhou Y, Li Z, Li C, Yao L, Yip WC. Quality of care in large Chinese hospitals: an observational study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019 12; 28(12):963-970. PMID: 31110140.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Mao W, Yip CW, Chen W. Complications of diabetes in China: health system and economic implications. BMC Public Health. 2019 Mar 06; 19(1):269. PMID: 30841928.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Vigo DV, Patel V, Becker A, Bloom D, Yip W, Raviola G, Saxena S, Kleinman A. A partnership for transforming mental health globally. Lancet Psychiatry. 2019 04; 6(4):350-356. PMID: 30704963.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Zhou Y, Yao X, Liu G, Jian W, Yip W. Level and variation on quality of care in China: a cross-sectional study for the acute myocardial infarction patients in tertiary hospitals in Beijing. BMC Health Serv Res. 2019 Jan 18; 19(1):43. PMID: 30658628.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Fu H, Li L, Yip W. Intended and unintended impacts of price changes for drugs and medical services: Evidence from China. Soc Sci Med. 2018 08; 211:114-122. PMID: 29935401.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Yip WC. Health policy: A reflection and look forward. Soc Sci Med. 2018 Jan; 196:216-217. PMID: 29174442.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Yip WC, Lee YC, Tsai SL, Chen B. Managing health expenditure inflation under a single-payer system: Taiwan's National Health Insurance. Soc Sci Med. 2019 07; 233:272-280. PMID: 29548564.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Su M, Zhang Q, Lu J, Li X, Tian N, Wang Y, Yip W, Cheng KK, Mensah GA, Horwitz RI, Mossialos E, Krumholz HM, Jiang L. Protocol for a nationwide survey of primary health care in China: the China PEACE (Patient-centered Evaluative Assessment of Cardiac Events) MPP (Million Persons Project) Primary Health Care Survey. BMJ Open. 2017 Aug 28; 7(8):e016195. PMID: 28851781.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Karan A, Yip W, Mahal A. Extending health insurance to the poor in India: An impact evaluation of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana on out of pocket spending for healthcare. Soc Sci Med. 2017 05; 181:83-92. PMID: 28376358.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Hsiao WC, Cheng SH, Yip W. What can be achieved with a single-payer NHI system: The case of Taiwan. Soc Sci Med. 2019 07; 233:265-271. PMID: 29054594.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Fe E, Powell-Jackson T, Yip W. Doctor Competence and the Demand for Healthcare: Evidence from Rural China. Health Econ. 2017 10; 26(10):1177-1190. PMID: 27524208.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Reich MR, Yazbeck AS, Berman P, Bitran R, Bossert T, Escobar ML, Hsiao WC, Johansen AS, Samaha H, Shaw P, Yip W. Lessons from 20 Years of Capacity Building for Health Systems Thinking. Health Syst Reform. 2016 Jul 02; 2(3):213-221. PMID: 31514596.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  21. Sun X, Liu X, Sun Q, Yip W, Wagstaff A, Meng Q. The Impact of a Pay-for-Performance Scheme on Prescription Quality in Rural China. Health Econ. 2016 06; 25(6):706-22. PMID: 26940721.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Jian W, Lu M, Chan KY, Poon AN, Han W, Hu M, Yip W. Payment Reform Pilot In Beijing Hospitals Reduced Expenditures And Out-Of-Pocket Payments Per Admission. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Oct; 34(10):1745-52. PMID: 26438752.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W. Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. Int J Obstet Anesth. 2016 Feb; 25:75-8. PMID: 26597405.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Ganbold L, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W. Global Surgery 2030: Evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. Surgery. 2015 Jul; 158(1):3-6. PMID: 25987187.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W. Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Sep; 213(3):338-40. PMID: 25985722.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    
  26. Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W. Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development. Lancet. 2015 Aug 08; 386(9993):569-624. PMID: 25924834.
    Citations: 495     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Yip W, Hsiao WC. What Drove the Cycles of Chinese Health System Reforms? Health Syst Reform. 2015 Jan 02; 1(1):52-61. PMID: 31519083.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    
  28. Yip W, Hsiao W. Harnessing the privatisation of China's fragmented health-care delivery. Lancet. 2014 Aug 30; 384(9945):805-18. PMID: 25176551.
    Citations: 106     Fields:    
  29. Tang SN, Jian WY, Yip WC, Guo Y. [Impact of primary care oriented outpatient benefit package design in new rural cooperative medical system on hypertension outpatient services utilization]. Beijing Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2014 Jun 18; 46(3):445-9. PMID: 24943026.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Powell-Jackson T, Yip WC, Han W. Realigning demand and supply side incentives to improve primary health care seeking in rural China. Health Econ. 2015 Jun; 24(6):755-72. PMID: 24807650.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Yip W, Powell-Jackson T, Chen W, Hu M, Fe E, Hu M, Jian W, Lu M, Han W, Hsiao WC. Capitation combined with pay-for-performance improves antibiotic prescribing practices in rural China. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Mar; 33(3):502-10. PMID: 24572187.
    Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Owolabi O, Zhang Z, Wei X, Yang N, Li H, Wong SY, Wong MC, Yip W, Griffiths SM. Patients' socioeconomic status and their evaluations of primary care in Hong Kong. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013 Nov 25; 13:487. PMID: 24274660.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Yip WC, Hsiao WC, Chen W, Hu S, Ma J, Maynard A. Early appraisal of China's huge and complex health-care reforms. Lancet. 2012 Mar 03; 379(9818):833-42. PMID: 22386036.
    Citations: 366     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Wang H, Zhang L, Yip W, Hsiao W. An experiment in payment reform for doctors in rural China reduced some unnecessary care but did not lower total costs. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Dec; 30(12):2427-36. PMID: 22147872.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Yip WC, Hsiao W, Meng Q, Chen W, Sun X. Realignment of incentives for health-care providers in China. Lancet. 2010 Mar 27; 375(9720):1120-30. PMID: 20346818.
    Citations: 103     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Yip W, Wagstaff A, Hsiao WC. Economic analysis of China's health care system: turning a new page. Health Econ. 2009 Jul; 18 Suppl 2:S3-6. PMID: 19551754.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Wagstaff A, Yip W, Lindelow M, Hsiao WC. China's health system and its reform: a review of recent studies. Health Econ. 2009 Jul; 18 Suppl 2:S7-23. PMID: 19551753.
    Citations: 66     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Wang H, Yip W, Zhang L, Hsiao WC. The impact of rural mutual health care on health status: evaluation of a social experiment in rural China. Health Econ. 2009 Jul; 18 Suppl 2:S65-82. PMID: 19267321.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Yip W, Hanson K. Purchasing health care in China: experiences, opportunities and challenges. Adv Health Econ Health Serv Res. 2009; 21:197-218. PMID: 19791704.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  40. Mitchell AD, Bossert TJ, Yip W, Mollahaliloglu S. Health worker densities and immunization coverage in Turkey: a panel data analysis. Hum Resour Health. 2008 Dec 22; 6:29. PMID: 19102741.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    
  41. Yip W, Hsiao WC. Non-evidence-based policy: how effective is China's new cooperative medical scheme in reducing medical impoverishment? Soc Sci Med. 2009 Jan; 68(2):201-9. PMID: 19019519.
    Citations: 66     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Yip W, Mahal A. The health care systems of China and India: performance and future challenges. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Jul-Aug; 27(4):921-32. PMID: 18607024.
    Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Yip W, Hsiao WC. The Chinese health system at a crossroads. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Mar-Apr; 27(2):460-8. PMID: 18332503.
    Citations: 115     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Chen L, Yip W, Chang MC, Lin HS, Lee SD, Chiu YL, Lin YH. The effects of Taiwan's National Health Insurance on access and health status of the elderly. Health Econ. 2007 Mar; 16(3):223-42. PMID: 16929478.
    Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Huang N, Yip W, Chou YJ, Wang PJ. The distribution of net benefits under the National Health Insurance programme in Taiwan. Health Policy Plan. 2007 Jan; 22(1):49-59. PMID: 17179170.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Yip W, Subramanian SV, Mitchell AD, Lee DT, Wang J, Kawachi I. Does social capital enhance health and well-being? Evidence from rural China. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jan; 64(1):35-49. PMID: 17029692.
    Citations: 75     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  47. Wang H, Zhang L, Yip W, Hsiao W. Adverse selection in a voluntary Rural Mutual Health Care health insurance scheme in China. Soc Sci Med. 2006 Sep; 63(5):1236-45. PMID: 16635541.
    Citations: 23     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. Hsu CC, Chen L, Hu YW, Yip W, Shu CC. The dimensions of responsiveness of a health system: a Taiwanese perspective. BMC Public Health. 2006 Mar 17; 6:72. PMID: 16542462.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. Lee DT, Yip WC, Chen Y, Meng Q, Kleinman A. Ethno-psychometric evaluation of the General Health Questionnaire in rural China. Psychol Med. 2006 Feb; 36(2):249-55. PMID: 16303061.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Wang H, Yip W, Zhang L, Wang L, Hsiao W. Community-based health insurance in poor rural China: the distribution of net benefits. Health Policy Plan. 2005 Nov; 20(6):366-74. PMID: 16143589.
    Citations: 42     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Liu Y, Berman P, Yip W, Liang H, Meng Q, Qu J, Li Z. Health care in China: the role of non-government providers. Health Policy. 2006 Jul; 77(2):212-20. PMID: 16112771.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  52. Eggleston K, Yip W. Hospital competition under regulated prices: application to urban health sector reforms in China. Int J Health Care Finance Econ. 2004 Dec; 4(4):343-68. PMID: 15467409.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  53. Hanson K, Yip WC, Hsiao W. The impact of quality on the demand for outpatient services in Cyprus. Health Econ. 2004 Dec; 13(12):1167-80. PMID: 15386672.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Yip W, Eggleston K. Addressing government and market failures with payment incentives: Hospital reimbursement reform in Hainan, China. Soc Sci Med. 2004 Jan; 58(2):267-77. PMID: 14604613.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  55. Chou YJ, Yip WC, Lee CH, Huang N, Sun YP, Chang HJ. Impact of separating drug prescribing and dispensing on provider behaviour: Taiwan's experience. Health Policy Plan. 2003 Sep; 18(3):316-29. PMID: 12917273.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. Yip W, Eggleston K. Provider payment reform in China: the case of hospital reimbursement in Hainan province. Health Econ. 2001 Jun; 10(4):325-39. PMID: 11400255.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. Yip W, Berman P. Targeted health insurance in a low income country and its impact on access and equity in access: Egypt's school health insurance. Health Econ. 2001 Apr; 10(3):207-20. PMID: 11288187.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  58. Yip WC. Physician response to Medicare fee reductions: changes in the volume of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgeries in the Medicare and private sectors. J Health Econ. 1998 Dec; 17(6):675-99. PMID: 10339248.
    Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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