Cradle to Grave: Comparative Perspectives on the State of by Ralph Segalman

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For sons, the ratio is five to one. The reason for this disparity is that the deciding factor on mortality rates in industrialised nations (Wilensky, 1975, pp. 95-6) is not the availability and quality of health care, but, rather, the cultural life patterns and the health behaviour activity of the affected population. Thus, the manifest function of the welfare-state health service, which is purportedly provided in order to equalise the life chances of all people in the population, is, in reality, not directly related to health care delivery for all.

He reveals that rent control and rent stabilisation primarily protect upper-middle-class people who 'know the ropes' about rental housing and who could easily pay commercial rentals or purchase their own homes or condominiums if rent controls were not in operation. A large proportion of these tenants are participants in the underground economy (artisans who work overtime for cash, couples who are in retail businesses which report only marginal taxes, and so on), and who are reluctant to undergo the credit or tax analysis involved in a housing purchase.

It had the finest transportation of any large city. It concentrated millions of workers in the central business district and got them home at night. The city had a high quality of population with almost every talent or skill and a state school system rated among the best. There was a large housing supply and a generally lawful and voluntarily compliant population. The city had a health system foremost in the world, built of public hospitals and clinics buttressed by a network of voluntary and proprietary hospitals and clinics.

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