People regularly ask me how the medical facilities are in Mongolia. Perhaps this article gives the best answer to that question when it states: “Statistics show that about 30,000 Mongolian citizens visit China and other countries every year for medical treatment.” When 1% of the population is going abroad for treatment, it doesn’t speak well for the domestic healthcare situation. China is seeking to alleviate this issue by opening a hospital in the Mongolian capital. Interestingly, the doctors don’t speak Mongolian, so everything has to be done through translators–certainly not the ideal in doctor-patient communication.
Unfortunately, the lack of medical facilities is compounded by some of the health risk factors in the environment. Mongolia has recently pledged to clean up 200,000 tons of cyanide, mercury and other industrial wastes that have been used in mining processes.