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Top Charts Canada – Canadian health inequality
AUTHORED BY RICHARD BROWN, March 2020
Is the length of time someone is expected to live in good health different for different socio-economic groups?
Yes. Results recently published by Statistics Canada in “Socioeconomic disparities in life and health expectancy among the household population in Canada” show that higher socioeconomic groups not only enjoy longer life expectancies, but that they will also spend longer in good health. In addition, both Life Expectancy (LE) and Health Adjusted Life Expectancy1 (HALE) are also increasing more quickly for higher socioeconomic groups.
The charts below show the LE and HALE from age 25, as measured by Statistics Canada based on 1996 and 2011 Canadian Census data for the highest and lowest quintiles by income.
Source: Club Vita presentation of figures provided by Statistics Canada in Socioeconomic disparities in life and health expectancy among the household population in Canada
In summary, more affluent people are expected to live longer, to live longer in good health and for shorter periods in poor health. And the gap between those with the highest and lowest incomes has been increasing over time.
The key questions are:
What do you think?
1Life expectancy adjusted for years spent in poor health, a broad measure for years of life expected to be lived in good health.