The future of public health

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6969.1659b (Published 17 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1659

Further economic growth may not improve health

  1. Andrew Smith
  1. Registrar in anaesthesia, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport SK2 7JE.

    EDITOR,—I dispute Raj Bhopal's contention that further rises in economic strength are necessary to improve the nation's health.1 This rests on two assumptions: firstly, that further increases in gross national product will lead to further increases in health and, secondly, that when a country becomes more prosperous all its citizens benefit equally. I believe that the first will not hold true in the future, while the second is clearly not true even …

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