Being rich comes with a lot of benefits i.e. you can buy what most people can’t afford, you can go anywhere you like, you can hire people to work for you e.t.c. In this article, we are interested in one of the most important benefits of being rich which is living longer. According to numerous studies, rich people usually live longer than poor people. This article will attempt to find out exactly why this is the case.
It is important to note that many reputable organizations i.e. the WHO (World Health Organization) have attempted to answer this question. They base their argument on a field they know best; Health. According to the WHO, people who are further down the social ladder are at least twice as likely to face premature death or serious illness risks than those at the top of the ladder.
There are a number of reasons why this is the case. Some of the main reasons will be explained later in this article. The most important approach is looking at the main causes of death in society today. Such an approach helps us discover why the poor stand a higher risk of death. According to latest CDC statistics, diseases, accidents and crime are the main causes of death in the U.S.
7 Can afford the healthiest diets
Diet is a very important part of healthy living. It is a fact that healthy diets cost more. This is precisely why many people can't afford eating healthy diets day in day out. Healthy diets are characterised by foods like organic vegetables, fresh fruits, vegetable juices, white meats e.t.c. The best varieties of these foods cost a fortune when you consider the cost of buying them and preparing them in the right way.
According to numerous research studies done in the U.S., maintaining a healthy diet per year can cost between $1,500 and $10,000 per household or more depending on the number of people per household, type of healthy foods, preparation costs e.t.c. Low income households are therefore forced by circumstances to eat cheap unhealthy foods which in turn expose them to health risks. This explains why heart disease is one of the most common killer diseases in the U.S.
Although most people know that unhealthy foods are harmful, they can’t do much because switching to healthy diets constantly is very expensive. The rich on the other hand can afford to eat healthy diets throughout the year. This obviously puts them at an advantage. Eating healthy foods results in a healthy body which can fight diseases better prolonging life.
6 Can afford the safest cars
In regards to deaths caused by car accidents, the rich can afford the most secure cars in the world. Have you ever asked yourself why a Mercedes costs more than a Toyota? Well, the answer is simple. A Mercedes is more superior in many aspects i.e. power, safety, comfort e.t.c. The safest cars on our roads obviously cost more than regular cars.
According to research studies, safety features in some of the safest cars on the road can increase the overall cost of a car by over $8,000. When you consider most people in the U.S. spend a similar amount or less to buy second hand cars, you can understand why such people are at a greater risk of suffering serious injury or even death in case of serious accidents.
5 Have access to the best education/information/knowledge sources
We have all heard about this saying; knowledge is power. It is obvious that the rich have access to better schools and information resources than the poor. As a result, they end up being more informed than the poor in all aspects in life. The rich are therefore better equipped to avoid life threatening risks than the poor. One of the greatest sources of information/knowledge is education. When you consider the annual cost of studying in a prestigious university like Princeton is approximately $57,628, you can understand why the rich have a head start in life when it comes to knowledge.
4 Exposed to less physical and mental stress
Stress is among the top killer diseases in the U.S. and many other parts of the world. In the U.S. stress is one of the main causes of suicide accounting for over 70% of suicide deaths. Although stress affects both the rich and the poor, the poor are more likely to be killed by stress because of obvious reasons i.e. lack of access to professional help, financial problems e.t.c.
3 Can afford professional help
Considering the cost of a typical counselling lesson in the U.S. ranges from $70 – $100 per session or more, it is easy to see why the poor are more likely to be killed by stress or stress related illnesses.
2 The rich can afford to hire security 24/7
Crime (homicide) is another leading cause of death in the U.S. When you consider the fact that most rich people in the U.S. i.e. celebrities spend millions of dollars on security every year, it is easy to clear why the rich can be able to mitigate crime related risks significantly. Celebrities like 50 cent spend over $20,000 per week on security. The poor can’t afford such security costs which leaves them more exposed to crime related risks that lead to death.
Form the above information, it is obvious why the rich live longer. Money can buy comfort, best security, best food, best medical services e.t.c. which are all important components of prolonged living. Even if everyone will die, the rich have a better chance of living longer.
1 Have access and the funds for the best healthcare services
As stated above, diseases are among the top killers in the U.S. today. When you look at the diseases killing most Americans today i.e. cancer, heart disease, stroke and chronic disease, you will notice that these diseases have one thing in common i.e. they require highly specialized health care services to treat. This calls for medical insurance which can’t be afforded by most households in the U.S. According to statistics, the average cost of healthcare in the U.S. for individuals is $5,615 and $15,745 for families.
This cost is way beyond what most individuals or households can afford. This explains why health insurance causes approximately 46,000 unnecessary deaths per year in the U.S. Americans earning less than $24,000 per year can’t afford health insurance let alone specialized health care services for treating killer diseases. Rich Americans on the other hand can pay for the best healthcare services. As long as there is a cure for a certain disease, the rich have no problem paying for treatment. This is precisely why the rich live longer when we focus on diseases as the main causes of death in society today.
Diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and chronic lung disease top the list of the deadliest killer diseases in the U.S. Accidents also contribute to the high number of death rates in the U.S. In states like West Virginia for instance, accidents cause 64 premature deaths in every 100,000 people. Crime especially homicide is also a top killer in the U.S.
If you are interested in knowing how the rich mitigate disease, accident and crime risks to cheat death or prolong life, you are in the right place. Below are top 5 reasons why the rich live longer than ordinary citizens.