Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Would unconditional basic income improve people's health & ease poverty better than conventional welfare programs?

Here's an article on the "Mincome" program which Canada tested in the 1970's in a small town:

 

http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/4100

 

It had many positive effects on people's lives and health.

 

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'In the period that Mincome was administered, hospital visits dropped 8.5 per cent.'

 

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'“When you walk around a hospital, it's pretty clear that a lot of the time what we're treating are the consequences of poverty,” she says.

 

Give people financial independence and control over their lives and these accidents and illnesses tend to dissipate, says Forget. In today's terms, an 8.5 per cent decrease in hospital visits across Canada would save the government $4 billion annually, by her calculations.'

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