Being wealthy has a lot of perks attached to it, but according to a new study in the British medical journal the Lancet, the rich get the biggest perk of all. They get to live longer.
In the United States, the wealthy live as much as 15 years longer than their poorer compatriots. The studies not only find the richest 1 percent live up to 15 years longer than the poorest 1 percent, but that the gap in life expectancy between rich and poor has increased in recent decades.
The poorest among us are the ones on whom the system has taken the biggest toll, the Lancet reports. In fact, life expectancies have fallen in some groups despite advances in treatment. Women in the poorest 20 percent, born between 1930 and 1960, statistically lived four years less than women in the richest 20 percent.