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This slide shows how the inter-quintile mortality rate ratiosóthe death rate in the poorest quintile divided by the death rate in the richestóvaried by age and sex over time.

The solid lines are for malesówith generally higher ratios. The dotted lines are for femalesówith generally lower ratios at most ages. 1971 data are shown in red, 1986 yellow, 1991 green, and 1996 blue.

Ratios were highest in infancy and again during the prime working years.

They were lowest at ages 15-24 and at ages 75 and over.

From 1986 onwards, the ratios for non-institutionalized women aged 85 and over were considerably less than 1.