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Government policies set to narrow “health gap”

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 30 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:786
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    It has been known for a long time that the richer you are the better your health. Now researchers have shown that government policies that tackle poverty and inequalities in income could improve the health of people living in the poorest part of Britain—and save more than 11500 premature deaths each year.

    Inequalities in health across Britain are wider than ever before, reports the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. In the foundation's report—based on information from the early 1980s to the early …

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