Health Inequalities

Health Inequalities

Health inequalities are avoidable, unfair and systematic differences in health between different groups of people. The term is used in many different ways and can refer to differences in:

  • Health status including life-expectancy and the prevalence of long term conditions such as diabetes
  • Access to care including waiting lists and availability of treatments
  • Quality and experience of care including satisfaction with care
  • Health-related behaviours such alcohol consumption and smoking
  • Wider determinants of health including housing quality and access to good work

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Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

What are health inequalities?

The Kings Fund

Health inequalities


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