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November 21, 2006



Don't underestimate the contrast between NHS treatment in rich and poor areas.

As far as I know no-one's ever analysed it but the differences in treatment, speed of diagnosis etc. are, I suspect, immense.

Dave Petterson

I don't think this is a black and white situation. I believe there are many aspects to this, for example just from the top of my head;
They don't eat the same foods.
They have different leisure activities health clubs etc.
They have different educational understandings about what is the right way to look after yourself.

I'm sure there are many more.


As it is the best method to create wealth and thus more rich people, we should proscribe the nation more economic freedom.

james higham

Chris, given that all this is so and I believe it is, then where does that take us?

Maynard Handley

I remember a talk about this which said that an important aspect of this was exercise facilities. The walthy parts of town had sports facilities nearby, the streets were pleasant and safe for walking, etc. The poor parts of town had no sports facilities or parks nearby, and had unpleasant dangerous streets, so everyone stayed at home, watched TV, and got fat.
The specific district names meant nothing to me, but they were in some British city that wasn't London (Manchester? Liverpool?). The researchers had taken the time to actually quantify these claims, rather than just a vague drive through and check out that one looks nicer than the other.

angry economist

Research also reveals that more wealthy and educated folks are more pushy in terms of health care and treatment - more demanding of health service, whereas poorer folks are more passive.

Other research on nutrition shows that in poorer neighbourhoods - its lack of education/knowledge about healthy diets and food preparation that causes poor nutrition as much as lack of nutritious affordable food.

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