Equity and Variability in Modern Health Care

  • Gwyn Bevan
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Part of the Economic Issues in Health Care book series (EIHC)

Abstract

This chapter explores the relationships between medical practice variation and geographical equity in health care. To do so it is necessary to define what is meant by each term. As this chapter shows, despite the importance of equity to most societies, there is considerable confusion about what this means and lack of clarity over which objective is actually sought in accepting equity as an objective of government policy. Therefore, one of the first tasks of this chapter is to define equity and its relationship to different kinds of medical practice variation.

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