Friday, March 21, 2014

Health Income Gradient Steeper in Canada than USA


This is from MarginalRevolution.com:

Indeed, the health-income gradient is slightly steeper in Canada than it is in the U.S. 


Now the folks over at theincidentaleconomist.com knew this at one time and yet they post this:


Fairfax County, Lowrey explains, is one of the richest counties in America, and in turn has one of the highest life expectancies in the country: 82 for men and 85 for women. McDowell County, on the other hand, is one of the poorest in the country, with predictably short life expectancy: 64 for men and 73 for women—about the same as in Iraq.It’s excellent reporting, especially with its grasp of the underlying research, so go read it in full. One thing Lowrey didn’t mention, however, was the link between the social determinants of health (which often correlate with geography) and healthcare costs. That’s where The American Health Care Paradox, a new book by Elizabeth H. Bradley and Lauren A. Taylor, comes in.
Just me trying to set the record straight. Even if you are all for more Government Social spending you should avoid the use of irrelevant arguments even if they are for more Government Social spending.