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July 2, 2008

Population Health and Economic Development in the United States

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis (Dr Mirvis); and Department of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Bloom).

JAMA. 2008;300(1):93-95. doi:10.1001/jama.300.1.93

The relationships between health and economic conditions have been known for many years.1-3 Richer nations generally have better overall health conditions than do poorer nations and more affluent individuals within a country have, on average, better health than do poorer individuals. Also, less healthy individuals enter the labor market less often, work fewer hours, and earn lower wages, with direct financial consequences to themselves, their families, and the businesses for which they work.