Wealth Equals Health

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    The health of Canadians is increasingly affected by how much they earn, says a survey for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). It found lower income groups reported poorer health and greater use of health services than those with higher incomes. In describing their health, only 39 per cent of those earning less than $30,000 a year said it was excellent or very good, compared to 68 per cent of those earning $60,000 or more – a gap of 29 percentage points. In 2009, the gap between the two income groups was 17 points. “When it comes to the well-being of Canadians, the old saying that wealth equals health continues to ring true,” says Dr. John Haggie, president of the CMA. “What is particularly worrisome for Canada’s doctors is that in a nation as prosperous as Canada, the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ appears to be widening.”