China is a country of haves and have-nots. In the city, people have access to good heath care in good facilities, but in the rural countryside, people have to scrape together what they can to pay-as-you-go for the most basic of services or, at times, lack-luster hospital care. As China continues to industrialize, this gap is widening and more and more people are being left behind in rural villages as their relatives move to the city. This coupled with the overall poorer state of health in rural China is contributing to a growing problem for the health of China’s very young and very elderly rural citizens.
This is an ongoing photojournalistic meditation on the state of health in the rural and suburban communities of China. The state of healthcare in China’s hospitals, clinics, Chinese traditional medical shops, shaman tents, etc. is reflected onto society, in homes, on the streets and on the faces of those looking for care. In the second largest economic power, why does the rural countryside look like the third world? Who are the faces of rural China’s ever changing health care landscape?