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Whose Health Is It, Anyway?

Sally Davies and Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard


This book outlines why health, individually and collectively, is the greatest untapped opportunity for prosperity and happiness in the 21st century and introduces the concept of total health as a tool for valuing health. The most significant flaw in health systems today is a failure to value health but instead to count the costs of ill health, and the authors examine why this should be so from a range of perspectives. The costs of ill health are explored not only as an increasing portion of government spend, but also in relation to wider society, where entrenched inequalities result in the clu ... More

Keywords: total health, inequalities, health economics, commercial determinants, social determinants, COVID-19, valuing health, national bank for health, national health index, public health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198863458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198863458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Davies, author
Master, Trinity College Cambridge, UK

Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, author
Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College London, UK