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THE ECONOMICS OF SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND HEALTH INEQUALITIES: a resource book

THE ECONOMICS OF SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND HEALTH INEQUALITIES: a resource book

WHO Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data The economics of the social determinants of health and health inequalities: a resource book. 1.Socioeconomic factors. 2.Health care rationing. 3.Health status indicators. 4.Health status disparities. 5.Social justice. I.World Health Organization. ISBN 978 92 4 154862 5



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In 2012, the World Health Assembly passed resolution 65.8, which endorsed the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health and emphasized the need for “delivering equitable economic growth through resolute action on social determinants of health across all sectors and at all levels”. Improving understanding of economic rationales for intersectoral policy and programme interventions is therefore an important component of work for countries implementing social determinants of health recommendations. For this reason, Previous research has shown that increased attention to WHO launched the Economics of Social Determinants policies across sectors that improve health and health of Health project to describe and discuss the potential equity requires better preparation with regard to knowledge for economic rationales to support the case for social on the economic rationales for interventions, and how determinants of health interventions, and to summarize intersectoral policies are developed and implemented. economic evidence in key public policy areas. he strong links between socioeconomic factors or policies and health were documented in the World Health Organization (WHO) Commission on Social Determinants of Health report. Yet even when health and health equity are seen as important markers of development, expressing the benefits of social determinants of health in