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Principles in Health Economics and Policy$
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Jan Abel Olsen

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237814.001.0001

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The health environment

The health environment

(p.85) Chapter 5 The health environment
Principles in Health Economics and Policy

Jan Abel Olsen

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses some key policy options for reducing the negative impacts of an unhealthy environment, as well as some challenges involved when attempting to reduce social causes of ill health. Physical and social environments represent the circumstances under which people live and to which they more or less have to adapt. Physical and social environments represent more structural constraints, while health-related lifestyle to a larger extent reflects choices based on individual preferences. Exercises and suggested readings are included at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   health care, unhealthy environment, physical environment, social environment

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