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Date:1/25/2011

es. A large volume of research suggests that disparities in wealth predictably create disparities in health," he said.

What Americans call a health-care system is predominantly a disease-care system, focused on the treatment of disease after it develops, Katz said.

"Health is more about what happens in communities and homes, schools and supermarkets, restaurants and churches, than emergency rooms and cardiac care units," he said.

"Only when we confront the widening divide between haves and have-nots in the U.S., and invest in health promotion programming in the places people work and learn and play, will this kind of comparison to our peers prove less embarrassing," Katz said.

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For more information on life expectancy, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCES: Samuel H. Preston, Ph.D., Fredrick J. Warren Professor of Demography, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director, Prevention Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; Jan. 25, 2011, U.S. National Research Council report, Explaining Divergent Levels of Longevity in High-Income Countries


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