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Tackling health inequalities

Franco Sassi

in A more equal society?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345783
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301394 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345783.003.0004
Tackling health inequalities

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This chapter examines health inequalities — an area which is of considerable prominence, where targets and government policies have been targeted, however, where policy action has been less clear. It discusses the relationship between income and health. It is argued that reduction of poverty and reduction of income inequality results in overall health improvement and to the reduction of inequalities. The first section of the chapter provides an overview of the health inequalities in the UK due to socioeconomics and ethnicity inequalities. The second section discusses the government policies and objectives of New Labour. The third section tackles the government's strategy for addressing health inequalities. The last section assesses the impact of government policies on improving health for all and reducing health inequalities.

Keywords: health inequalities; government policies; income; poverty; health; government objectives

Chapter.  7653 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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