Figure 3.28 Choice of health care provider for inpatient care, by income quintile, 2013
CHAPTER 3 MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
Source: National Health Commission (formerly the National Health and Family Planning Commission), National Health Services Survey, 2013
There are clear differences in the choice of health care provider among the richest, poorest and middle quintiles of the population. The richest quintile tends to favour provincial and city-level health facilities, which offer the most comprehensive care. In China, community-level clinics tend to offer health care at a lower price. As such, the poorest quintile is more likely than the middle or upper quintiles to use health care providers at the local level, where the quality of care they receive is relatively poor. Data in the chart also show that over half of inpatients chose county-level hospitals in 2013.