Transparency 51: Effect of the economic crisis on human health
A study conducted jointly by researchers at British and American universities in cancer patients of 70 countries of OCDE during the period 1990-2010 is linked to the increase an unemployment resulting from the economic crisis, with increased cancer of prostate, breast and colon.
Although the authors state that this does not increase mortality in those countries that have full health insurance coverage, we understand that this does not alleviate, for the cause-effect, increasing pathologies by the effect of the economic crisis.
This should lead to prudence of political and economic leaders because when they claim that their policies are responsible for the employment and welfare, so it could be understood that they are assuming that their policies in case of causing unemployment are linked to increased cancer disease and thus harm public health.
The study states that each 1% of GDP reduction of spending on health was associated with an increase of 0.0053 cancer deaths per 100,000 population and cuts in health since 2008 are behind 260,000 of cancer deaths in OECD countries.
This should be a second cause for reflection as if a deficit politics causes unemployment, and these increases the oncological diseases, responsibility could worsen if that policy adds measures in health insurance coverage and thereby increases not only pathology, but mortality.
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