The social determinants and the healthcare system

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    Many of the chapters in this book have stressed that social factors, rather than biological or genetic ones, determine people's health. In this chapter, one specific social factor is examined and analysed for how it impacts on the health of individuals and populations groups. This socio-political factor is the type of healthcare system available to a nation's citizens. In previous chapters, the authors have practices that impact on the health of individuals and populations, including the way people may be stigmatised and suffer discrimination. In this chapter, the focus is on how the provision of health services and access to the services can be seen as a social determinant of health. The chapter will argue that access to consistent, timely, and appropriate health services is necessary to maintain and promote effective health outcomes for individuals and populations, especially disadvantaged groups.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHealth, Illness and Well-being
    Subtitle of host publicationPerpectives and Social Determinants
    Editors Pranee Liamputtong, Rebecca Fanany, Glenda Verrinder
    Place of PublicationSouth Melbourne
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Print)9780195576122
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Social Determinants
    • Healthcare System
    • Public Policy


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