Life expectancy for the wealthiest in England has caught up with most comparable countries in the western world since 1990, but the health of people in the poorest regions is lagging behind, according to a major study.
In 1990, men’s life expectancy in England was lagging behind that in many major western countries, including Canada, France, Norway, the Netherlands and Spain. By 2013, England was doing better than all those countries, with men living for an average of 79.5 years, a gain of 6.4 years. The gains for women were more modest but still good: the average national life expectancy increased by 4.4 years to 83.2 years), equalling or surpassing most of the 18 western nations including Australia, Norway, Canada and the US, except for Finland, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal.
But the data shows huge regional variations. The gap in life expectancy is not about geography but income.
England average life expectancy is pretty good then. But there’s socio-economic divergence in it.
OK, but what’s the socio-economic divergence in those other countries then?