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traditional healers, social security system, average life expectancy, food assistance, Malnutrition

Pervasive poverty detracts from the overall health of the people of the Philippines. Malnutrition is a continuing concern of health-care professionals and the government, which provides some food assistance for young children and new mothers. Most cities of the Philippines have modern health facilities, but rural areas are generally underserved. Residents of rural areas have less access to safe drinking water and sanitation. In 1999 the country had 1 physician for every 10,308 people. Many Filipinos also consult traditional healers in times of illness. The average life expectancy in the Philippines is 68 years. The government manages a social security system that includes post-retirement health-care benefits, but most agricultural workers are not included in the system because they tend to be self-employed or underemployed.



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