Diverging health trends in BC and the Northwest states is one of the most striking findings of the Cascadia Scorecard’s lifespan indicator. A new study reported in the Globe and Mail helps to explain the differences. (Summary here. Full report here.)

Although affluent Canadians and Americans enjoy similar good health, American health patterns are far more polarized. Low-income Canadians are much healthier than low-income Americans. They have better access to medical care and suffer less obesity.