THE Balearics has 112.75 chemists for every 100'000 inhabitants, one of the lowest ratios in Spain, according to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), who also said that 82 percent of those with diplomas in nursing are women, while some 61.8 percent of qualified doctors are men. The report “Health professionals 2005”, published yesterday by the INE, says that the number of chemists in Spain is 136.26 for every 100'000 inhabitants, with twice as many women as men (93.60 women as opposed to 42.66 men), a gap which in the case of the Balearics is not so wide (71.30 women to 41.45 men). As in the case of the chemists, the numbers of the rest of the health professionals in the Balearics are also below the national average.
For example, the number of doctors is 431.75 per 100'000 inhabitants, while the national average is 457.92, and in both cases there are more men than women. In the Balearics there are 266.85 male doctors for every 100'000 residents and 164.90 women. With regard to other professionals, such as dentists, the islands have 47.57 for every 100'000 residents, in comparison to the national average of 50.94.

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