For many, this will come as no surprise, but a recent study revealed that American elderly people who are rich live better lives than the others, both in terms of health and life expectancy.
Focusing on the seniors that have a good health
The study revolved around the health disparities among elderly people, and they used on a simple question: “In general, would you say that your health is excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?”. The team discovered that there is a noticeable difference between the rich and the poor: those who had a better education and wealth were most likely to report great health.
The study analyzed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data on more than 50.000 elders. Their work revolved around seniors who declared they have “excellent” or “very good” health from 2000 to 2014.
Whites had the biggest health gains
The number of healthy seniors grew over the years, and in 2014 there were 8,4 million more than there were back in 2000. However, the study also revealed a major racial inequality. Non-Hispanic whites were the ones that reported a 21 percent health increase, while for non-Hispanic black good health decreased 17 percent. This can serve as a proof that white people have a better access to education and they have higher incomes, which can lead to a wide disability gap between the whites and the blacks.
These are worrisome results
These discoveries reveal the large inequalities present in the U.S. society. If wealthy groups have longer and healthier lives this can only mean that the health system does not work for everyone. Any individual should have the right to live a normal life, no matter how affluent or educated they are.