There were 24,001 medical institutions in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region in 2016, including 720 hospitals, 1,321 clinics in villages and rural areas, 117 disease prevention and control organizations, 113 maternal and child health organizations and 54 specialized disease prevention and treatment centers or offices.
These medical institutions included 139,000 beds in the autonomous region, including 109,000 in hospitals, 20,000 in clinics in villages and rural areas, and 4,000 in maternal and child health organizations.
A total of 169,000 medical professionals were employed in the region, including 66,000 registered doctors and assistant doctors, and a further 66,000 registered nurses.
In addition, there were 14,000 medical centers in villages and rural areas at the end of 2016, including 18,000 doctors and assistant nurses.
By the end of 2016, 6.55 million urban workers were signed up to a basic pension insurance program, with 7.36 million people enrolled in a social pension insurance program for urban and rural residents.2.41 million workers bought unemployment insurance, with 65,000 workers drawing unemployment insurance money. Of 4.88 million workers, 2.37 million retired personnel obtained basic pension insurance, and 10.19 million people with basic medical insurance. The social coverage of basic pensions reached 100 percent among retirees.
In China, urban and rural medical services differ greatly. If traveling in the countryside, there may be no appropriate medical services beyond primary health care. Some hospitals in cities have special sections for foreigners where English is spoken.
Doctors may be found in many of the large hotels in China. Payment must be made on the spot for treatment, medicine and transport. If planning to visit areas outside of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, emergency evacuation insurance is advised.
There are no special requirements for short-term travelers with the exception of those coming from or via an infected area. All visitors may be asked to complete a health form to indicate if they have symptoms of yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, or other transmittable diseases. Those planning to stay in China for a period of over six months may be required to present medical records.
Although the government has made every effort to improve people's health, China still has some basic health problems and in many cases primitive sanitation. Simple procedures like not drinking tap water or eating raw vegetables and fruit unless they've been washed in a chlorine solution can help prevent illness. However, diarrhea is common for travelers who are unaccustomed to the new diet and water.
In winter, the dry air may cause sinus problems, skin dryness, and problems for contact lens wearers. Bring a well-stocked medical kit and any prescription drugs you will require when you travel.