Sciencey and ethical things that I find. Blog by Rose-Lynn.
The evidence linking income and health is clear: The rich are healthier while the poor are sicker. In Alberta, the study estimates that helping the poorest Albertans earn more could save at least $1.2 billion in health-care costs.
Specifically, raising the incomes of the poorest Albertans could result in 132,000 fewer visits to the doc-tor’s office and 46,000 fewer days in hospital, saving a combined total of $50.6 million.
Similarly, the study found that addressing the root causes of poverty could save $560 million tax-payer dollars now spent fighting and punishing people for poverty-related crimes, like shoplifting and free-riding on public transit.