People who work 55 hours or more per week have a 33 percent greater risk of stroke and a 13 percent greater risk of coronary heart disease than those working standard hours, researchers reported on Wednesday in the Lancet.
The new analysis includes data on more than 600,000 individuals in Europe, the United States and Australia, and is the largest study thus far of the relationship between working hours and cardiovascular health.
If for some reason you’re looking to write a contrarian “opposition to universal healthcare from the left” editorial, start right here! When health insurance is tied to employment, as in the US model, businesses have some incentive to avoid workplace environments that leave their employees broken husks likely to require expensive long-term late-life care. Once you break that link, businesses are free to work people until they stroke out, with the cost externalized to the health care system.
(Of course, an actual left take on this would no doubt involve heavier regulation on businesses to mitigate unhealthy workplace practices, expanding on things like OSHA, child labor laws, etc., but let’s not let that get in the way of a contrarian spin!)