Navigation Links
Unemployment, Health Care Spending Affect Mortality

FORT WORTH, Texas, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the Health Industries Council meeting on March 11, in Irving, Harvey Brenner, Ph.D. and professor of public health and behavioral sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center's School of Public Health, announced new findings that indicate that mortality is directly related to the economy. Specifically, unemployment and reduced spending on health care have a direct effect on the country's mortality rate.

"We have seen this correlation in cardiovascular disease," Brenner related. "But these are the first findings that show a direct correlation between reduced health care expenditures and reduced labor force participation on increases in mortality."

Since World War II, research literature has shown that economic development is good for health in developing countries. However, it isn't clear if this same economic development in already developed countries has the same benefits. In fact, Brenner's research shows that unemployment is a much more important factor in health and well-being than economic development.

"Interestingly, this economic downturn is showing how quickly the effects of unemployment and, thus, reduction of health care expenditures is resulting in mortality," Brenner said. "In the past, we saw people die within 10 years after their job loss. Now, we are seeing them die as early as the same year."

When a worker becomes unemployed, he or she often loses health insurance, suffers stress and adopts unhealthy behavior as a result. They may delay preventive health care because of the cost or loss of health insurance coverage. The stress of being unemployed causes both physical and psychological issues that may eventually erupt into major medical conditions that easily could have been treated earlier.

The bottom line is, preventing and controlling health issues is more important in a down economy as more and more people struggle to balance the need for food, shelter and health care.

University of North Texas Health Science Center

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is composed of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the School of Health Professions. The Health Science Center conducts leading-edge research on select health issues, including vision, aging, cancer, heart disease, physical medicine and public health. This year, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine was named a top 50 medical school in primary care by U.S. News and World Report for the seventh consecutive year. The institution contributes almost $600 million to Tarrant County and Texas economies annually. For more information, go to

SOURCE University of North Texas Health Science Center
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Harvard Medical School-Partners HealthCare Center for Genetics and Genomics Successfully Completes Evaluation of AutoGenomics 2C9-VKORC1 Panel to Assess Warfarin Sensitivity
2. Baxter Awarded Pandemic Advanced Supply Contract from the Department of Health
3. BioMarin Partner AnGes MG, Inc. Submits BLA to Japanese Ministry of Health
4. Harvard Medical School-Partners HealthCare Center for Genetics and Genomics Successfully Completes Evaluation of AutoGenomics 2C9-VKORC1 Panel to Assess Warfarin Sensitivity
5. Tone Deafness Explained, from the Harvard Health Letter
6. Pharmacopeia Assists the World Health Organization in the Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for the Treatment of Malaria
7. Opko Health Doses First Patient in Phase 3 COBALT Trial of Bevasiranib for the Treatment of AMD
8. ViroPharma to Present at Three Upcoming Healthcare Conferences
9. AIDS Healthcare Foundation Names Homayoon Khanlou, M.D. as its Chief of Medicine, U.S.
10. The Female Health Company Receives USAID DELIVER PROJECT Order for 5 Million Units
11. Pharmasset Presents R7128 Phase 1 Single Ascending Dose Study in Healthy Volunteers
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2015)... 2015  Kay Elledge, M.D., an established South ... of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG) for the past ... Genuine Self Medical Laser Center where she provides ... of Breast Cancer Awareness Month , the ... MonaLisa Touch treatments initiated in the month ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... 13, 2015  Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI), the genomics-based, ... announced today the launch of the company,s first Health ... the potential to transform healthcare. The inaugural Health Nucleus ... , at HLI,s headquarters facility. More Health Nucleus facilities ... and International cities. --> ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... SAN DIEGO , Oct. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... bioelectronics for use in research and diagnostics, announces ... of $1.6 million led by Serra Ventures. ... Nanomed,s mission is providing low-cost, easy-to-use monitoring and ... personal health decisions. The funding round will enable ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... solution provider of IBM software products, introduced a new company, RightSensor™ LLC, an ... and data communications capability. RightSensor™ provides a fully-managed approach for customers requiring ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... 13, 2015 , ... Dr. Poneh Ghasri, dentist in West Hollywood , ... The research, which was conducted at the Dental Institute at King's College London in ... stress during pregnancy and future dental health in the child. For years, researchers have ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... A child without a healthy mouth is ... the leading remote invisible aligner system, has joined with Global Dental Relief ... For each aligner treatment plan purchased, SmileCareClub will donate one clinic visit to a ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... Hills, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2015 ... ... management and workflow solutions, announced today their Title Sponsorship of Synergy 2015. The ... in Henderson, NV at Green Valley Ranch and will unite customers, partners, WennSoft ...
(Date:10/13/2015)... ... October 13, 2015 , ... ... Illinois with more than 59,000 emergency department visits per year, today announced the ... T-System, to help improve clinical, operational and financial outcomes. , In ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):