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It seems that now matter where you live in the U. S., your socioeconomic status has a major impact on your health and wellness, the poorest have the worst access to health care. The poor health of the poor, the social gradient in health within countries, and the marked health inequities between countries are caused by the unequal distribution of power, income, goods, and services, globally and nationally, the consequent unfairness in the immediate, visible circumstances of peoples lives – their access to health care, schools, and education, their conditions of work and leisure, their homes, communities, towns, or cities – and their chances of leading a flourishing life[CITATION Com08 \l 1033 ]. The U. S. is one of the wealthiest countries in the world but our current ranking in health care is among the worst. We spend more than twice what other developed countries spend on health care with very little results. The U. S. ranks among the worst for infant mortality, life expectancy, and unmanaged diabetes.

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