Self-reported health data aren't always the most reliable, but you can see a clear difference in reported health status in the following chart. Adults ages 25-64 who graduated college are more than twice as likely to say they're in very good health when compared to those who didn't complete high school. Even the difference between graduating college and attending some college amounted to 16 percentage points in that age group.
The lesson here, VCU researchers say, is that equal access to care isn't enough to eliminate the disparities in our health-care system.
"Health care reform must be accompanied by changes in social and economic policies that are a 'win-win': creating economic opportunity for families while also saving lives (and costs) from medical illnesses," they write.