New Report on Health Inequalities In Scotland
posted on: Oct 23, 2007
Sally Macintyre has published an Occasional Paper on Inequalities in health in Scotland: what are they and what can we do about them. In this paper she outlines key facts about socio-economic inequalities in health in Scotland. She recommends key principles for effective policies to reduce inequalities in health. These include:
- Maintaining and extending equity in health and welfare systems
- Levelling up, not down
- Reducing inequalities in life circumstances, especially education, employment, and income
- Prioritising early years interventions, and families with children
Summarising lessons learnt from research on how best to reduce inequalities in health, the paper recommends putting a high priority on changes in the physical and social environment (for example, building and planning regulations, fiscal policies, and reducing price barriers to health-promoting goods and services), rather than information-based campaigns or interventions which require people to opt in.
This paper is based on a briefing Sally produced for the Scottish Ministerial Task Force on Inequalities in Health
It is part of MRC SPHSU's Occasional Paper series.