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There is 1 comment on Income and Health, Part 2—the Problem of Poverty

  1. Of the five vulnerabilities: low income, lack of education, no health insurance, living in a low-income area, and unemployment, it would be informative to tease out the role of access to quality healthcare by looking at Canada, where there is a universal healthcare system. In Canada, we see some of our worst health outcomes in Indigenous populations despite, at least theoretically, having access to universal healthcare. This phenomenon is unlikely just related to geographic dispersal, as urban Indigenous populations fare no better than rural, and may indeed be worse off. The impact of poverty on health outcomes in this populations does not relate directly to healthcare access. This is troublesome, as it suggests that an “easy” fix such as improving healthcare access will not make much difference.

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