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China National Health Services Survey 2003


General Info
China (CHN)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2003 - 12/2003
Series or system 
China National Health Services Survey
Data type
  • Household
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The 2003 National Health Services Survey (NHSS) evaluated the health needs of urban and rural residents, and the availability and utilization of health services and insurance programs. The survey covered 193,689 people in 57,000 households in China. Household interviews were administered by local medical workers, under supervision from doctors. The survey achieved an in-person adult response rate of 77.8%.

The report on the NHSS provides tables on disease and injury prevalence, hospital and clinic visits, inpatient and outpatient medical expenses, services used by mothers and the elderly, and general household information. Tables are broken down by location type and 10-year age group (often not by age and sex).