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Even with good healthcare, social factors affect death risk

Even in Sweden, a country with universal healthcare, disadvantaged people with diabetes are still more likely to die compared to diabetics with social and economic advantages, a new study finds. The risk of death was affected by marital status, education, immigration history and wealth, even though these factors don’t stand in the way of receiving healthcare for the people in the study. “Sweden is arguably one of the most equitable countries in the world when it comes to use and access to healthcare,” said lead author Dr. Araz Rawshani, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg.