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The State of Global Health in a Radically Unequal World: Patterns and Prospects

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“If living were a thing that money could buy” is the refrain in the folk song “All My Trials”; in the context of global patterns of health and illness, it is. This chapter demonstrates this truism using a number of empirical contrasts and socioeconomic gradients, among and within countries. The chapter challenges the notion that health inequalities will resolve themselves as economies grow, noting wide variations in health outcomes among countries with comparable levels of per capita economic activity, the importance of how the exposures that contribute to ill health are distributed, and the growing importance of non-communicable diseases even in relatively low income settings. It continues with an examination of how (economic) globalization is contributing to rising inequalities, which are likely to influence health inequalities through both direct and indirect channels, notably by affecting the distribution of political power and influence. It concludes with the observation that there have been notable global health success stories in recent years, but these must be understood with reference to how “power asymmetries” associated with globalization create and sustain resource scarcities that are in fact a function of policy choices.

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Author(s): Schrecker T, Labonté R

Editor(s): Benatar,S;Brock,G

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Global Health and Global Health Ethics

Year: 2021

Pages: 15-27

Print publication date: 01/03/2021

Acceptance date: 27/09/2019

Edition: 2nd

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Place Published: Cambridge, UK


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ISBN: 9781108728713