In a recent study from Oxford, a death surge has been linked with mass privatisation during the transition from communism to capitalism in Eastern Europe. The key finding from this study is that a slow transition and more social and governmental safety nets resulted in less deaths. Though we may not like to think of it, this economic downturn may result in an increase of deaths. In the Oxford study the surge of deaths was attributed to factors such as the inability to get health care. I can’t help but think that in the current “economic downturn” many folks will be choosing between their rent and medications/doctor’s visits.

If we want to prevent unnessessary deaths, we need to think about how to provide health care (and food and housing) for everyone.