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China National Health Services Survey 2008


General Info
China (CHN)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/2008 - 12/2008
Series or system 
China National Health Services Survey
Data type
  • Household
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The 2008 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 177,501 people in 56,456 households in all of the country's 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and municipalities. Household interviews were administered by local medical workers under supervision from doctors. The survey achieved an in-person adult response rate of 83%.

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).