Brits are Healthier than (White) Americans


Benefits of single-payer vs. fee-for-service medicine

Similar longitudinal surveys in different countries are beginning to reveal the institutional and cultural variations in these life cycle dynamics. A new investment in international longitudinal surveys on aging may eventually unravel the changing dynamics at the end of the life cycle across time and countries. One recent comparison showed that health improved with socio-economic status in both England and the United States. It also showed, however, that English health status is better than in the United States at each socio-economic level.

J. Banks, M. Marmot, Z. Oldfield, J. P. Smith, JAMA 295, 2037 (2006).

Thanks to John Wirt.


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