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Health Aff (Millwood). 2002 Mar-Apr;21(2):60-76.

Socioeconomic disparities in health: pathways and policies.

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  • 1Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco, USA.

Abstract

Socioeconomic status (SES) underlies three major determinants of health: health care, environmental exposure, and health behavior. In addition, chronic stress associated with lower SES may also increase morbidity and mortality. Reducing SES disparities in health will require policy initiatives addressing the components of socioeconomic status (income, education, and occupation) as well as the pathways by which these affect health. Lessons for U.S. policy approaches are taken from the Acheson Commission in England, which was charged with reducing health disparities in that country.

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