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Inequality in child health is greatest in Hungary, least in Netherlands, shows study of rich countries

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7034 (Published 06 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7034
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Italy, the United States, Greece, and the United Kingdom are letting their most vulnerable and disadvantaged children fall further behind children in other wealthy countries, including in terms of health, a Unicef report says.

More focused efforts are needed to reduce inequality, says Unicef. It warns that tough austerity measures and social spending cuts imposed by many governments to combat deficits could see the situation worsen.

The report ranks 24 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in terms of children’s equality in health, education, and material wellbeing. Ranked top overall, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Switzerland “are leading the way in promoting equality” in children’s …

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