It would make all
of us healthier
President and CEO, Alberta
Poverty would cease to rob people oftheir health and livelihood. Poorerpeople tend to live shorter lives andare often more ill than those who aremore affluent.
This inequity in health alsoplaces a tremendous burden onour health-care system. For ourhealth-care system to be moreefficient, the system, governmentsand communities will need to worktogether to tackle poverty and otherrelated social determinants of health.
All the health care in the provincecannot help someone be healthyand well if they don’t have a decentpaying job, a safe place to live, asupportive circle of friends andfamily or enough healthy food to eat.
Eliminating poverty would givepeople all this—and more. It wouldhelp reduce the incidence of manydiseases, easing the demands oncrowded hospitals and continuingcare centres. It would give peoplewho have been living on the marginsof our communities a chance tobe a bigger part of everyday life.
Eliminating poverty would make all
of us healthier. P h o t o :