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Where next for China?: Rising inequalities in health and wealth are biggest challenge

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:499
  1. Sonal Singh, instructor in medicine (
  1. Department of Medicine, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA

    EDITOR—I write with reference to the editorial by Liu.1 Life expectancy in China doubled from 35 to 71 years between 1949 and 2001.2 China's human development index has been rising steadily, and it ranked 85th among countries with an index of 0.755 in 2003.2 According to China's human development report, the national Gini coefficient for income distribution rose to 0.45 in 2002 from …

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