Health problems increase as the wallet shrinks

Older lady with coins and wallet.Older lady with coins and wallet.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix
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The living conditions survey shows that as less the Norwegian’s earn, the worse their health conditions get. This means that those who have the least money have the worst health.

It appears in Statistics Norway’s analysis of the living conditions survey from 2017. It shows that income decreases steadily with the increase in health problems, and is particularly low for a small group who describe their own health as “very poor”.

According to Statistics Norway, between two and eight per cent of us are both poor and ill. This corresponds to between 100,000 to 450,000 Norwegians.

“The analysis shows that this is a group that reports an unusual number of financial problems. There are also relatively many in this group who experience that health expenses are burdensome”, the Statistics Norway researchers write in their conclusion.

Additionally, when the researchers checked for other factors, such as education level and demographics, it appears that health and economics are linked. This is especially true for single men and men with low education.

Statistics Norway has also looked at the relationship between financial resources and perceived quality of life. The figures show that the higher your income, the more satisfied you are with life. 

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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