Moving upstream: the dilemma of securing health in health policy

David J. Hunter

in The health debate

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349293
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303855 | DOI:
Moving upstream: the dilemma of securing health in health policy

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This chapter examines the wider public health debates that are gathering pace in many countries that have concluded that merely funding health systems as presently configured is unsustainable. It explains that that most of the gains in population health have less to do with health care services and more to do with factors and policies outside health care. It suggests that health services alone are insufficient on their own and in the absence of an ecological approach to health that recognises the importance of structural determinants on health.

Keywords: health debate; health systems; population health; health care services; ecological approach; health determinants

Chapter.  12918 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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