New births in China reach 18.5 million in 2016

Updated 2017-08-22 15:04:43 chinadaily.com.cn

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 universal 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 over 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 (1 billion), accounting for 6.2 percent of GDP, compared with 6 percent in 2015, the commission said.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58September 21 2017 16:45:48

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16September 21 2017 16:45:48

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18September 21 2017 16:45:48

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

Most Watched

News:
China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
Video:
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
Photos:
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Travel:
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Lifestyle:
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords