Since China's reform and opening-up, development in the field of health services has brought concrete benefits to Chinese. The main health indicators of Chinese are generally better than the average level of medium- to high-income countries. The average life expectancy of Chinese rose to 76.5 years, in 2016, compared with 67.9 years, in 1981.
China has established a complete medical and healthcare system, which has proved effective in maintaining sound doctor-patient relationships, addressing medical disputes with impartiality, and ensuring people's right to health. The reform of the medical sector has produced noticeable results. A basic medical-service network, covering both urban and rural areas, has been established, with 980,000 medical and health institutions, at all levels, 11 million health workers, and seven million beds at medical institutions.
Mothers feed their babies in a park in Cangzhou, a city in North China's Hebei Province, during a public activity to promote breastfeeding. The photo was taken in May 2018 2018 年5月 19日，河北沧州妇幼保健院母乳泉公园内的“母乳快闪”活动中，妈妈在喂孩子吃母乳
A rural doctor, in East China's Anhui Province, gives a child a check-up during a visit to her house. The photo was taken by Li Jiangshu, in 1981 1981年，安徽，一名乡村医生在农户家给孩子看病（摄影：李江树）