Health inequities are systematic differences in the health status of different population groups. These inequities have significant social and economic costs both to individuals and societies.But the term is also commonly used to refer to differences in the care that people receive and the opportunities that they have to lead healthy lives, both of which can contribute to their health status.
Causes of health inequalities
- The fundamental causes of health inequalities are an unequal distribution of income, power and wealth. This can lead to poverty and marginalization of individuals and groups.
- The wider environment in which people live and work then shapes their individual experiences of low income, poor housing, discrimination and access to health services.
- This environment then shapes individual experiences across the population and leads to the inequalities in health outcomes.
Ways to reduce health inequalities
- Ways to reduce fundamental causes of health inequalities
• Introduce a minimum…
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