Self-Rated Mental Health gap by income has widened over time

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Have health gaps by income changed in Canada?

Self-Rated Mental Health gap by income has widened over time

Self-Rated Mental Health gap by income has widened over time

In 2003, the number of lowest-income Canadian adults rating their mental health as fair or poor per 100 was four times higher than the same number among highest-income Canadian adults.

Ten years later, in 2013, the number of lowest-income Canadian adults rating their mental health as fair or poor per 100 was five times higher than the same number among highest-income Canadian adults.

If all Canadian adults had the same low rate of fair or poor mental health as those in the highest income level, in 2013 there would have been about 1 million fewer Canadians with fair or poor mental health.

 

For more information on these and other health indicators, see CIHI’s report Trends in Income-Related Health Inequalities in Canada.