Impact of the Economy on Health

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Health is, unfortunately, heavily impacted by economic performance.  In part, this is due to the fact that government budgets get squeezed during economic downswings, impacting the government’s ability to pay for healthcare (although governments have a harder time cutting healthcare payments than they do cutting education funding…).  However, the biggest of impact of economic performance on health is that individuals are often left without the resources to properly take care of their health, and so health levels drop during and after economic downturns.  Then there is the unfortunate fact that it costs money to properly test many of the things that people ingest every day – and when those costs are cut, it can lead to such things as poisonous milk, diseased food, etc.

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