Wealth, not health care, extends life

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Oct.12, 2012
It has been estimated at least three quarters of the increases in life expectancy in the developed nations over the past 100 years has been due to increased prosperity and improved nutrition, housing, sanitation and work safety. In fact, how much a society spends on health care has not been found to be directly related to any health outcome tested… The effect of income appears to be stronger than many other variables that affect life expectancy

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More health care doesn’t mean better health

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Sep. 05 2012
How much a society spends on health care has not been found to be directly related to any health outcome tested… It has been known for some time that the better off people are in terms of income, social status, social networks, sense of control over their lives, self-esteem and education, the healthier they are… not only because wealthier people can buy more food, clothing, shelter and other necessities, but also because wealthier people have more choices and control over decisions in their lives.

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Let’s debate OAS based on fact, not perception

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Feb. 06, 2012
OAS is taxable income, so a lot of the moneys paid out go straight back to Ottawa… If your income exceeds $67,668, then you lose your OAS at a 15-per-cent clawback rate. If you have income of $110,123 or more, you get no OAS at all… It’s well known that wealthy Canadians live longer than poorer Canadians… So two key questions need to be addressed. First, is raising the age of eligibility for OAS really necessary, or is the system sustainable as is? Second, how does one justify a public policy shift that’s so clearly regressive in its impact?

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Pension plans: Why all the fuss?

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Jun. 24, 2011
… even if investments work out as hoped for, the new defined contribution pension plans being offered by Air Canada and Canada Post, for example, should not be expected to result in benefits as large as the defined benefit plans they want to close… So, the benefits being negotiated are important and real. Management will continue to try to pass the pension risks over to the workers by using defined contribution plans, and workers will try equally hard to retain their defined benefits.

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