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Judith Healy and Martin McKee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198516187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198516187.001.0001

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Health Care for Rich and Poor Alike

Health Care for Rich and Poor Alike

(p.71) Chapter 5 Health Care for Rich and Poor Alike
Accessing Healthcare

Judith Healy

Martin McKee

Oxford University Press

The poorer health of lower income groups is well documented. While health care services are only one among many determinants of health, access to health care is important in reducing poverty and social exclusion. Should health services target lower income groups? This is a contentious issue since the founding assumption of a national health care system is that collective services would reach everyone and produce better health for all. But a universal health service should make more effort to reach the worst off in society. Health systems should monitor and improve their responses to low-income people in terms of access and quality.

Keywords:   inequity, social exclusion, poverty, socio-economic determinants

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