Differences In Health Status Between Income Groups Unacceptable
A Saskatoon Health Region study released today in the Canadian Journal of Public Health revealed residents believe that even small differences in health status between income groups is unacceptable and believe that something can be done to address health disparity by income status.
The "Health Disparity Knowledge and Support for Intervention in Saskatoon" (PDF) study surveyed 5,000 residents to determine their knowledge of health determinants and health disparity, and to then determine public support for various interventions to alleviate health disparity.
Finding showed that there is poor understanding of the magnitude of health disparity between income groups. The majority of respondents believe risk behaviours are mostly individual choices and are not associated with income status.