Barbados - Health

Barbados has a national health service. In the mid-1990s, there were 1,100 people per doctor and 84 beds per 10,000 people. There were 355 doctors, 48 dentists, and 898 nurses. As of 1990, 100% of the population has access to health care services. Life expectancy as of 1999 was 75 years and the overall death rate was estimated at 8 per 1,000 people as of 2002. The infant mortality rate was 17 per 1,000 live births in 1999. By the mid-1990s, the under-five mortality rate had improved to only 10 per 1,000 from 1960, when it was 90 per 1,000 children. In the mid-1990s, the birth rate was 14 births per 1,000 people. As of 1994, 97% of one-year-old children were vaccinated against measles. In 1995, 95 new cases of AIDS were reported. In 1999, the number of people living with HIV/AIDS was estimated at 1,800 and deaths from AIDS were estimated at 130.

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