Health care and medicine are free of charge in Kiribati. Visit AbbreviationFinder to see the definitions of KIR and acronym for Kiribati. Hospitals
are located in southern Tarawa, local health centers on the
other islands. In total, in 1993 there was one doctor per
7,687 residents and about 40 beds per 10,000 residents.
Social insurance then included retirement and disability
pensions and occupational injury insurance.
The traditional social hierarchy is still evident when
the eldest son's social and economic status is higher than
that of the siblings. The land belongs to the large
families, which are the basis of the social organization. As
the population grows, the pressure on resources increases.
This is evident, among other things, in the fact that
poverty and deficiency diseases are becoming more and more
common, especially in southern Tarawa, where Kiribati's only
urban area is located. In different ways, efforts are being
made to move from there to northern Tarawa, to islands in
the Phoenix group and to the Line Islands in the far east,
where development opportunities are considered.