We Asked Bill Gates: Do You Need To Be Rich To Be Healthy?

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No matter how wealthy a country is, there’s a lot it can do to improve the health of its citizens.

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Script Writer: Bill Gates
Script Editor: Alex Reich (@alexhreich)
Video Illustrator: Jesse Agar
Video Director: Alex Reich (@alexhreich)
Video Narrator: Bill Gates & Emily Elert
With Contributions From: Henry Reich, Kate Yoshida, Ever Salazar, Emily Elert, Peter Reich, David Goldenberg
Music by: Nathaniel Schroeder:



Bolt, J., Timmer, M., & van Zanden, J. L. 2014. “GDP per capita since 1820”, in van Zanden, et al. (eds.), How Was Life?: Global Well-being since 1820, OECD Publishing.

Life expectancy over time estimated from:

Countries that developed insurance systems found in:

Thanks also to Dr. Shyam Deshpande and Dr. Tracy Seimears