Health poverty quite serious, says expert

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  • Thursday, 07 Aug 2003

THE goals of health work and basic health service have fallen far behind the GDP achievements, said Hu Angang, director of National Conditions Study Centre under CAS and professor of Tsinghua University, in the magazine Transition.  

That is to say, China hasn’t achieved the goal in social development for “everyone to enjoy the elementary medical treatment.” Health poverty problems still exist in China.  

According to him, China was listed at 144th place when the World Health Organisation made an assessment, for the first time in 2000, of its 191 members in the field of medical system and performance efficiency. This roused a great echo both at home and abroad.  

China’s issues in medical service, Hu Angang points out, are: nearly 100 million people do not receive medical service; over 100 million people can’t get clean drinkable water; the mortality of pregnant women and women’s morbidity has not been reduced; 8% of infants are not inoculated; prevention and healthcare are quite weak; and medical expenditure and medical work are all below the planned goal. – People's Daily  

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