By: Leong Sze Hian
I refer to the editorial article “ A universal basic income: the answer to poverty, insecurity, and health inequality? ” (British Medical Journal, Dec 12).
It states that “For four years in the mid-1970s an unusual experiment took place in the small Canadian town of Dauphin. Statistically significant benefits for those who took part included fewer physician contacts related to mental health and fewer hospital admissions for “accident and injury.”Mental health diagnoses in Dauphin also fell. Once the experiment ended, these public health benefits evaporated. 1 What was the treatment being tested? It was what has become […]