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What the public needs to know about social inequality and public health

Salvatore J. Babones

in Social inequality and public health

Published by Policy Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9781847423207
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0016
What the public needs to know about social inequality and public health

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This chapter argues that the stakes of inaction on policies to promote public health are nothing less than the health of the world's democracies themselves. What the public needs to know about social inequality and public health is that the obvious policy solutions, however unlikely they may seem on the surface, should actually be quite easy to implement in democratic societies. They are policies that would benefit an overwhelming majority of the electorate to the detriment of very small minorities that are very well positioned to bear the costs. At the core of the new public health is the realisation that public health is a public good.

Keywords: public health; world democracies; public good; social inequality

Chapter.  2482 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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