Regional and Urban/Rural Differences of Public Health in China

  •  Yuhui Li    
  •  Linda Dorsten    


This research studies public health in China between urban and rural sectors and among the three geographic
regions of the coast, inland and west. Similar to the situation of many other countries, public health in China is
affected by economic development levels and the extent to which economic resources are distributed equitably in
the three regions. In addition, China’s economic reform in the last three decades has brought about tremendous
changes in social structure and institutional arrangements that we argue have had significant impact on health of
the population in China as well. These structural changes include village-run industrial development in rural
areas, the reform of state-owned enterprises in urban areas and the marketization of medical institutions.

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