Poverty makes you sick – and costs more

Dr. Chris Simpson

Poverty makes you sick – and costs more

(Click on the title to be taken to our press release).

If we hope to achieve better health for Canadians, we need to think beyond health care and focus on health. To do this, we need to see more integration of social and economic policy with health (and health care) policy. Nutrition, housing, poverty….these and the other social determinants of health drive 20% of all health care spending in Canada. Even if we accept that “health care” is a provincial responsibility (a constitution-driven and somewhat rigid view held by the federal government), surely everyone must concede that the social determinants of health can be positively influenced by every level of government. The social and economic environment in which we live, in fact, can be influenced by everyone and the responsibility for guiding and shaping this should be a core value informing the…

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