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EYE ON CHINA
New births in China reached 18.5 million in 2016
China’s total fertility rate increased to 1.7 in 2016, from 1.5 to 1.6 since 2000.

The number of new births in China reached 18.5 million last year, an increase of more than 2 million compared with 2015, according to statistics from the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

The increase pushes up the total fertility rate — the average number of children a women gives birth to during her lifetime — to more than 1.7.

Before China adopted the second-child policy at the beginning of last year, the total fertility rate had remained between 1.5 and 1.6 since 2000.

The mortality rate for pregnant women last year was 199 for every 1 million, compared with 201 for every 1 million in 2015, the commission said.

Hospitals and clinics nationwide provided more than 7.9 billion services last year, an increase of 3.1 percent from 2015, which means citizens visited the hospital 5.8 times last year on average.

Last year, the total health expenditure exceeded 4.6 trillion yuan (USD691 billion), accounting for 6.2 percent of GDP, compared with 6 percent in 2015, the commission said.

Source: China Daily

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APBN Editorial Calendar 2017
January:
Healthcare Focus: LUNGS
February:
War on CANCER
March:
Get to Know TCM
April:
Diabetes: The Big Picture
May:
The Piece of Your Mind - Brain Health/Science
June:
Advocacies in Support of Rare Disease Patients
July:
Food Science & Technology
August:
Eye – the Window to your Soul
September:
Infectious Diseases
October:
A change of heart — Cardiovascular diseases
November:
Diseases threatening our Children
December:
Skin Diseases/Allergic Reactions
Editorial calendar is subjected to changes.
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