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Scandinavian Common Sense

Policies to Tackle Social Inequalities in Health

Dominque Côté (author) Marie-France Raynauilt (author)

ISBN: 9781771860642

Publication Date: Dec 2015

Format: Paperback

Scandinavian countries are often cited as models for their egalitarian social and health policies but are also known to have thriving economies where the gap dividing rich from poor is smaller than elsewhere. Policies discussed in Scandinavian Common Sense include education, housing, conciliation of work and family life, daycare, sustainable development and more.
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At a time when austerity is claimed by some to be the only answer to today's economic woes, a close look at the best practices used in Scandinavia is edifying. Decision makers everywhere dispose of ample evidence showing that social determinants have an impact on health and wellbeing. Yet governments develop policies that diverge enormously. Scandinavian countries are often cited as models for their egalitarian social and health policies but are also known to have thriving economies where the gap dividing rich from poor is smaller than elsewhere. Despite quasi mythic status, these policies aimed to combat inequalities in health are neither well known or understood. Policies discussed in Scandinavian Common Sense include education, housing, conciliation of work and family life, daycare, sustainable development and more. For these policies to be part of political debate, be it in Quebec, Canada, the United States or elsewhere, they must be in the public domain. That is the purpose of this book.
Pages 176
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Dec 2015
Publisher Baraka Books
Subject/s Education   Health systems & services   Welfare economics  
Dominique Côté is a sociologist and a researcher at the Centre Léah-Roback, Canada.

Marie-France Raynault is a medical doctor specializing in preventive medecine and public health. She is Director of the Centre Léa-Roback, Canada which is dedicated to reducing social inequalities in health.

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