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Poverty, Inequality, and HealthAn International Perspective$
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David Leon and Gill Walt

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.001.0001

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Economic progress and health

Economic progress and health

(p.333) 17 Economic progress and health
Poverty, Inequality, and Health

David A. Leon

Gill Walt

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the close association between economic progress and health. It argues that at the social level, the connection is weakened by two major influences. First, much depends on how the income generated by economic growth is used, in particular, whether it is used to expand public service adequately and to reduce the burden of poverty. Second, even when an economy is poor, major health improvements can be achieved by using available resources in a socially productive way.

Keywords:   economic development, health inequality, mortality, poverty

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