If the saying, "Health is wealth" is true, why are wealthy people always sick? 

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I guess I disagree with the premise of the question.  I am not sure it is scientifically accurate to suggest that wealthy people are always sick.  I think that one can go to any public aid clinic and see that this is the not the case.  One of the most profound elements of sickness is that it impacts everyone, rich and poor.  Given how the current health care system in America is one that favors wealth, I would actually argue that wealthy people can afford to receive the best of health care in such a system, thereby ensuring that health and wealth do go together.  Yet, I do not think that a reasonable argument can be made to presume that wealthy people are "always" sick.

I would actually flip the statement and use something that Virgil and many others have used in articulating the connnection between wealth and health.  The great writer once said, "The greatest wealth is health."  I think that this might strike more at your implication.  While wealth acquisition is wonderful and needed, I think that the previous argument that states health illnesses know no boundaries is a vital point.  I am reminded of the Hyman Roth quote in The Godfather, Part II regarding this condition:

I'd give four million just to be able to take a piss without it hurting.

I don't think there is a better way to articulate how wealth and health go together.  It is not that wealth people are "always sick" and, conversely, poor people are always healthy.  Rather, it is an understanding that health is the ultimate form of wealth, something that is taken for granted when not evident, but something sorely needed when absent.

loraaa | Student

Because they are rich,eat, eat, whether starved or not.
And do not know that the stomach is the house of disease and healing...

alspurpose | Student

I wouldn't say wealthy people are always sick. But at the same time just because you have a lot of money does not mean you will always be healthly. Illness can strike anyone at any given time, rich or poor. Having good health is one of the most valuable things you can have.

crisramkris | Student

wealthy  people always go to the doctor to find whether they have any problems as they have enough money to spend.  They become mentally sick.  Overfeeding and  having rich junk food are another cause for cholestrol and the kind of otherdeceases.

A poor man consumes simple but nutritous  food without much fat. And also the hardship in life, gives him fittness in physical body. Sound body gives him sound mind. So he is healthy.

I totally deny that there is a connection between health and wealth.