Health inequality

Yes, health inequality is high. However, however….

This government can argue that is tackling all of the above. It can be proud of the progress made in improving overall health to the extent that life expectancy for the poorest has reached the average of just eight years ago.

Absolute health is improving. If we believe the Guardian editorial, it\’s improving fast too.

So, what should we concentrate on? Relative health or absolute?

Is it better that more people live for longer, or that people live for more equal periods of time?

I\’ve long said that I\’m not all that worried by inequality, as long as absolute levels (health, incomes, whatever) are improving.

Is there any reason why I should change my mind?

4 comments on “Health inequality

  1. “We should murder all those who live beyond the average.”

    I always thought that was what the NHS hospitals and nursing homes were for. Was there something else they were supposed to be doing, something I missed?

  2. “I always thought that was what the NHS hospitals and nursing homes were for.”

    Alas with only 8000 C. Difficile deaths per year, the NHS is way behind the rate at which it needs to bop off the baby boomers.

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