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In defence of (social) democracy: on health inequalities and the welfare state

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Clare BambraORCiD



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This issue features a comparative study by Guarnizo-Herreno et al on oral health inequalities in European welfare states. Looking at socioeconomic (occupational, educational and subjective social status) inequalities in functional dentition and edentulousness among adults aged 45 years and over, using data from the 2009 Eurobarometer, the authors conclude that relative and absolute health inequalities are present in all European welfare states (n=21) and that they are not smaller (and may actually be largest) in the social democratic welfare states of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Bambra C

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health

Year: 2013

Volume: 67

Issue: 9

Pages: 713-714

Print publication date: 01/09/2013

Online publication date: 07/08/2013

ISSN (print): 0143-005X

ISSN (electronic): 1470-2738

Publisher: BMJ Group


DOI: 10.1136/jech-2013-202937