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Fixin' Healthcare

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Lifestyle Chronicles - Learn And Live

What is the most consistent basis for a long life?

"The one social factor linked to longer lives in every country where it has been studied is education. It is more important than race; it obliterates any effects of income.

And, health economists say, those factors that are popularly believed to be crucial - money and health insurance, for example, pale in comparison.

Giving people more Social Security income, or less for that matter, will not really affect people's health. It is a good thing to do for other reasons but not for health.

Health insurance, too, is vastly overrated in the policy debate.

A few extra years of school is associated with extra years of life and vastly improved health decades later, in old age."

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