Table 1

Geographic disparities in doctors per 10 000 persons, per capita disposable income (US$), education, infant mortality rate (per 1000 live births) and life expectancy at birth in 1998, 2002 and 2006

RegionDoctors per 10 000 personsPer capita disposable incomeEducation*Infant mortality rateLife expectancy
199820022006199820022006199820022006199820022006199820022006
Northern14.716.517.48394.88912.69853.024.830.136.16.24.94.477.478.679.5
Central14.116.518.37044.26940.07817.618.823.228.66.95.84.575.177.077.6
Southern12.914.516.56928.87157.57891.218.422.827.76.45.44.874.776.076.5
Eastern13.315.418.36542.26683.07987.611.814.420.012.48.37.670.672.973.2
  • * Education: the percentage of people aged more than 15 attained an education level of college or above.