Scientists have found that people with a high socioeconomic status have better health than those with a lower socioeconomic standing. Factors such as having a high level of education and a job, also help protect against chronic diseases.
The region you live in also plays a part. Those areas with a high per capita income and per capita welfare generally have better health among their populations. These conclusions were drawn from a study conducted at the University of Grenada, Spain.
The study revealed that a person’s income is “positively associated with a good health status”. The level of education is statistically associated with health status: the higher the education level, the better the health of the individual according to three variables:
- Perceived health status – the perception an individual has of their own health
- Presence of chronic disease
- Risk of being granted a temporary/permanent disability pension.
In countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway the gap between rich and poor is relatively small. These countries also have a higher life expectancy. Studies have concluded that regions with low income inequality display healthier populations.