By Ross Brenneman
A new study adds further clout to the idea that dropouts are a national problem, not a personal one—because they cost the medical system money.
Wealthy people are healthy people, more or less. They have the money to pay for health insurance, and get better medicine, and more frequent treatment.
High school dropouts rarely achieve the kind of success that makes them wealthy. They earn less over the course of a lifetime than high school graduates (annually, about a $10,000 difference), and fare even worse against college graduates.