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Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural SocietiesFoundations for better epidemiology, public health, and health care$
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Raj S. Bhopal

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568179

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568179.001.0001

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Ethnic inequalities in health and health care

Ethnic inequalities in health and health care

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(p.150) Chapter 6 Ethnic inequalities in health and health care
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Ethnicity, Race, and Health in Multicultural Societies
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Bhopal Raj S.

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568179.003.0006

This chapter argues that inequalities in health and health care by racial and ethnic group are abundant but their underlying cause, and the contribution of racism, is a complex and much debated matter. The major cause of inequalities in health, and even more of inequalities in access to health care, is inequality in wealth. Topics discussed include the genesis of inequalities in health status; forces underpinning ethnicity and race, and their relation to those generating inequalities in health; measuring ethnic inequalities in health; and the dimension of, and trends in, inequalities by ethnicity and race.

Keywords:   health inequality, racism, ethnic groups, minority groups, public health, wealth inequality

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