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Equity of access to health care: outlining the foundations for action

Oliver, Adam and Mossialos, Elias (2004) Equity of access to health care: outlining the foundations for action. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 58 (8). pp. 655-658. ISSN 0143-005X

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The Ministers of Health from Chile, Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom recently established The International Forum on Common Access to Health Care Services, based on a common belief that their citizens should enjoy universal and equitable access to good quality health care. The Ministers intend to form a network to share thinking and evidence on health care improvements, with the specific aim of sustaining and promoting equitable access to health care. Despite a vast literature on the notion of equity of access, little agreement has been reached in the literature on exactly what this notion ought to mean. This article provides a brief description of the relevance of the access principle of equity, and summarises the research programme that is necessary for turning the principle into a useful, operational policy objective.

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Divisions: LSE Health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 18:09

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