Wealth and Health in the United Kingdom . Dr John Bone University of Aberdeen. Wealth, Health & Poverty. UK: Wealthier & Healthier?. In general: As a society’s wealth (Gross Domestic Product) increases so does health. But:
Dr John Bone
University of Aberdeen
In general: As a society’s wealth (Gross Domestic Product) increases so does health.
OECD (advanced) economies: ‘Increases in these societies wealth have less effect on health outcomes (mortality and morbidity rates) than does the promotion of income equality within the society’
Source:Wilkinson in Gordon ‘Inequalities in health’
Between Factory & Landlord:Inequality in the Industrial City, Late 19th and Early 20th C.
Health & Wealth: UK Inequalities in Premature MortalitySource: Dorling (2010)
Geographical Inequalities in premature mortality (SMR<65) 1921-2006
‘The evidence shows that almost all the problems that occur most often in the poorest neighbourhoods – including those that make us a broken society – are systematically more common in more unequal societies. Rates are not just a little higher, but between two and eight times higher. Wider income gaps make societies socially dysfunctional across the board (Wilkinson and Pickett, 2009).