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Presentation on the negative health conseqences in Canada & the US

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Victoria Obligacion

on 27 November 2012

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Connecting the Dots: Income Inequality
& Health Negative Health Consequences Question for you Questions For Me? Accessibility and satisfaction Impact on Obesity Life expectancy Emotional Health What is it and why is it important? How does Canada compare to the US? Overview on Income Inequality Video: http://vimeo.com/37532800 The United States currently has a larger gap between rich and poor than Canada Low income children are at a higher risk of emotional disorders, hyperactivity and psychiatric issues The United States has the greatest poverty and obesity levels when compared with Canada
Among adults:
US: 33.8%
Canada: 24.2% Income inequality in Canada has been rising at a faster rate than it has in the United States .
Impact on the economic well-being
Fairness and social justice Income Findings: 2011 OECD Better Life Index
Average household wealth per year
Canada: $60,344 / US: $102,075

Income of the top 20% of the population
Canada: $53,988 / US: $81,878
Bottom 20% live on $10,000 per year Income inequality was among the two most serious threats to the global population, discussed at the 2011 World Economic Forum

Occupy Movement Why?
Stagnant minimum wage
Advances in technology "The probability of being depressed goes up when inequality, as measure by the GINI index, increases" - 2007 Gallup Public Opinion Poll Behavioral risk factors are directly correlated with income level "Obesity's growing prevalence foreshadows increases in the occurrence of health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and asthma, and higher healthcare costs in the future" - Better Life Index While the life expectancy rates in both Canada and the United States are comparable, American seniors and the unemployed reported much poorer health than their Canadian counterparts. Age and social status have the biggest impact on the general well being of American citizens US: No universal health care
~ 50 million people without healthcare access
Of the 84% of Americans with coverage, 55% was employment based
The US spends 90% more on health care than any other developed country 50,000 deaths a year in the US resulted from a lack of health insurance Why is income inequality a bad thing? The negative health consequences as a result of income inequality are more prevalent in the US than in Canada Is Canada becoming more unequal? Moving forward...
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