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Maybe It’s Just Because The NHS Is Rubbish? Obamacare, Listen Up

by | 31st, October 2013

ANOTHER report out, another report insisting that it’s the inequality that’s killing people :

Women and children in the UK would have longer and healthier lives if they lived in Cyprus, Italy or Spain, and Britain is facing “a public health timebomb”, according to a study by an expert on inequality and health.

Sir Michael Marmot, who is known worldwide for his work on the social determinants of health, says much of the rest of Europe takes better care of its families. Life expectancy for women and death rates among the under-fives are worse in the UK, where there is also more child poverty.

The public health time bomb Marmot describes is caused by the large number of so-called Neets – young adults who are not in education, employment or training.

Well, it could be that. But there is a problem with Marmot and his research. He just never does look properly for all of the various things that could be causing the problems he notes.

As an example, the last great big report he did on health inequality announced that it was all down to income inequality. If incomes are unequal then this makes the poor less healthy and thus that’s what we were seeing.

Nowhere, not even to reject the idea, did he once note that health inequality will

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