By Daniel Dutton, Dalhousie University

Do you know that Canadians with more income, education, social capital (and so on) consistently have better health? Improving population health requires increased social spending and improvements in the environments in which people live. These social investments should be prioritized as investments in health, because relying on medical care is unnecessarily expensive, and saddles too many with unfair health burdens that could have been prevented.

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"Our work has suggested that the relative return to additional social spending, in terms of population health improvements, could be higher than that same spending on the medical care system. Further, the potential return is higher in jurisdictions with more income inequality."

— Daniel Dutton