Belgium -Poverty makes sick -October 13, 2015

According to a report of the Christian social security institution there is a direct link between sickness and poverty. People that live in poverty have a sickness risk that is 21% higher than those living in wealth. Based on several statistics and social stratification data the organisation calculated the risks and found that the lower the socio-economic position of a person the poorer his or her health situation and the lower his or her life expectation.  


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