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We can’t escape inequality

The most difficult concept for people to grasp is that we cannot escape the health hazard of living in America, no matter what we do. If we value living healthy and longer lives, consider that the oldest old person at any one time is never in the United States. They are almost always in Japan, which is the healthiest country in world. Another challenge is distinguishing health from healthcare. We speak of accessing health, paying for health and getting health, when those phrases relate to healthcare. We access healthcare, pay for healthcare and get healthcare. We should be asking “do you want health or healthcare?” This book argues that those living in the U.S. have neither.

Early in the lifespan (first four stages) is key for adult health and longevity.

Many of my writings about population health are at


Bezruchka S. American Experiences. In: Raphael D, editor. Tackling Health Inequalities: Lessons from International Experiences. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press; 2012. p. 33-62.

Bezruchka S. The Hurrider I Go the Behinder I Get: The Deteriorating International Ranking of U.S. Health Status. Annual Review of Public Health. 2012;33(1):157-73.

Bezruchka S. Early Life Or Early Death:  Support For Child Health Lasts A Lifetime. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies. 2015;6(2):204-29.

Bezruchka S. Increasing Mortality and Declining Health Status in the USA: Where is Public Health? Harvard Health Policy Review [Internet]. 2018.

Bezruchka S. Epidemiological Approaches to Population Health. In: Bryant T, Raphael D, Rioux MH, editors. Staying alive : critical perspectives on health, illness, and health care. third ed. Toronto: CSPI; 2019. p. 4-37.

Bezruchka’s chapter on teaching at various levels appears in the book:  Selwyn, D., Ed. (2022). At the Center of All Possibilities: Transforming Education for Our Children’s Future. New York, Peter Lang.

Newspaper and magazine articles and a more complete list are on this abbreviated CV.

Bezruchka blogs monthly for the Planetary Health Weekly

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