The Impact of Wealth on Health
There is much evidence that shows the impact of wealth on health. For example, the life expectancy of those living in a rich neighbourhood can be as high as 21 years more than those living in a poor neighbourhood in some communities.3 Individuals with lower income are at risk for a range of negative health outcomes such as heart disease, poor mental health, depression, diabetes and obesity among others.4 Dr. Gary Bloch is a physician in Toronto who has worked with low-income clients for many years. He sees first-hand how the lack of money affects an individual’s overall health. In a recent CBC news segment, he speaks of the necessity of knowing about income in order to achieve better patient care and outcomes.
Realizing Our Potential: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy
Learn about new and enhanced programs, services and benefits that will reach more vulnerable people and lead more families toward a brighter future.