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Health and social inequities in Finland and elsewhere

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  • Lahelma, Eero
  • Valkonen, Tapani
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    This review summarizes results of a number of studies on health and social inequities in Finland in comparison with other countries. Comparisons over time have been made when possible. Inequities in mortality in Finland can be compared with data from Denmark, Norway and Sweden as well as England and Wales plus Hungary. All countries show a similar relationship between mortality and level of education. No major changes in this relationship can be observed during the 1970s. Data on morbidity and perceived health complete the picture obtained on the basis of mortality data. Inequities concern various dimensions of health. Taken as a whole, the data suggest that the pattern of health inequities is more accentuated in Finland than in other Nordic countries.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Social Science & Medicine.

    Volume (Year): 31 (1990)
    Issue (Month): 3 (January)
    Pages: 257-265

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    Keywords: mortality morbidity social inequities social class;

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    1. Boyce, Christopher J. & Oswald, Andrew J., 2008. "Do People Become Healthier after Being Promoted?," IZA Discussion Papers 3894, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Mary C. Daly & Peggy McDonough & Greg J. Duncan & David Williams, 1999. "Optimal indicators of socioeconomic status for health research," Working Papers in Applied Economic Theory 99-03, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
    3. Gardner, Jonathan & Oswald, Andrew, 2004. "How is mortality affected by money, marriage, and stress?," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(6), pages 1181-1207, November.
    4. van Doorslaer, Eddy & Wagstaff, Adam & Bleichrodt, Han & Calonge, Samuel & Gerdtham, Ulf-G. & Gerfin, Michael & Geurts, Jose & Gross, Lorna & Hakkinen, Unto & Leu, Robert E., 1997. "Income-related inequalities in health: some international comparisons," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 16(1), pages 93-112, February.
    5. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI & Georgios KAVETSOS, 2011. "Does Competition Kill? The Case of Classical Composers," Trinity Economics Papers tep1111, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.

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