Income and mortality in the United States

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7066.1206c (Published 09 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1206

Incomes should have been adjusted in the two studies

  1. Ken Judge
  1. King's Fund, Policy Institute, London W1M 0AN

    EDITOR,—Whether inequalities in the distribution of income in advanced industrial societies are associated with average levels of population health is a contentious issue.1 The papers by George A Kaplan and colleagues and Bruce P Kennedy and colleagues seem to support the view that some indicators of income inequality are correlated with mortality, at least in the United States.2 3 Given that the United States is the most inegalitarian of the richest industrial nations, such findings are …

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