Marc A. Baltzan, MD, FRCPC
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Baltzan M.; Access to Health Care, Socioeconomic Status, and Health. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:452-453. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-5-199903020-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(5):452-453.
TO THE EDITOR:
According to data available from the National Department of Health and Welfare in Canada, the proportion of Canadians who live for eight decades increased from 17% in 1926 to 36% in 1972, then accelerated (as demonstrated by breakpoint analysis) to 49% in 1990. This acceleration arose from sudden simultaneous decreases in death from stroke, acute myocardial infarction, sudden vehicular trauma, and nonvehicular trauma and death among neonates in that year. It is impossible to explain a disparate but selective improvement in health care because of social conditions and self-management (1). This is especially so given that the early 1970s coincided with dramatic improvements in access to care—the first really effective antihypertensive drugs and intensive care units, both of which affect the aforementioned conditions.
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