Health inequity is a problem, universal basic income could be a solution

Jurgen De Wispelaere, Carina Fourie, Troy Henderson, Matthew T. Johnson, Tijs Laenen, Douglas MacKay, Shari McDaid, Neil McHugh, Kerry Ellen O’Neill, Ian Orton, Matthew Smith, Lou Tessier, Aida Martinez Tinaut, Vida Panitch, Nicole Valentine, Jenna van Draanen, Daniel Weinstock

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Abstract

Health inequities have long been a recognised global problem. In 2013, a review of countries covering 74% of the world’s population found substantial variation in health outcomes according to income, education, sex, and migrant status. Achieving health equity is a moral imperative and necessary to fulfil the human right to health. Health inequalities cannot be solved by the health sector alone – achieving health equity requires addressing the social determinants of health that largely involve social domains beyond health, such as social security, education, housing, and issues such as domestic and sexual violence and abuse, race and class prejudice, adverse employment conditions, the physical environment, and climate change.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics: Forum
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jan 2024

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