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The Issues Panel for Equity in Health: the discussion papers

Adam Oliver, Richard Cookson, David Mcdaid, eds
The Nuffield Trust (2001)

The pursuit of equity in health is a worthy cause, and a powerful rallying cry for all kinds of human endeavour. The trouble is, there is little agreement about what 'equity in health' means and still less on how to achieve it. This set of discussion papers attempts to set out and classify, in a reasonably complete and systematic manner, the full range of issues raised by the pursuit of equity in health. This is done in the belief that progress in tackling inequities in health in the UK has been hampered by a lack of clarity on these issues, as well as political and practical obstacles. It is also done in the hope that reading these papers will help people to at least agree the areas on which they disagree when arguing about equity in health.

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