Public Health Means Robust Primary Care

Ahead of the fourth Lancet–Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Health Summit later this month in Beijing, a Lancet editorial offers reason to be hopeful. But persistent health inequities threaten China's progress toward the UN SDGs and Healthy China 2030's goals.

China has seen considerable progress on universal health care—1.3 billion people are now covered by basic medical insurance. Life expectancies are on the rise, too—but remain lopsided, reaching 80.2 years in Shanghai but just 68.4 in Tibet. To ensure overall population health, “a high-performing primary health-care system will be crucial… leaving no one behind.”

The Lancet Public Health (Editorial)

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