POVERTY = EARLIER DEATH
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The article "It's time to prescribe healthy incomes", in the Winnipeg Free Press stated income has the most power influence because it impacts a persons access to other health determinants such as education, employment, housing and food security. As a whole these determinants have a far greater impact on whether we will be ill or well than agents such as bacteria and viruses, smoking, poor eating habits or a sedentary lifestyle.
Low income Canadians die earlier and suffer more illnesses than Canadians with higher incomes, the article went on to say. At Oak Table, we see this with our guests on a frequent basis: prescriptions that are easy to get, but hard to fill, access to foot care - almost unheard of, healthcare received from a myriad of walk-in clinics rather than a Dr. who knows their issues.
There is a cost to poverty because of increased health and social costs that result from it. Evidence shows allowing poverty to continue in Canada is more expensive than providing a basic income for individuals. The pilot project in Dauphin called the Mincome experiment showed a increase in high school completion rates and a decrease in hospitalization due to fewer accidents, injuries and mental-health admissions.
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