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May 16, 2012

Policy Making With Health Equity at Its Heart

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Author Affiliation: UCL Institute of Health Equity, University College London, London, England.

JAMA. 2012;307(19):2033-2034. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.3534

In India, there is a cabinet minister for social justice. Would that it were catching, and spread to all government ministers. What a thought: social justice at the heart of all government policy. It would be a radical change from the current set of arrangements, in which many governments are unashamed apostles of self-interest—of their countries, of their partisan supporters or, indeed, of self-interest as a political creed. Given the link between social and economic policy and the health of populations, all ministers should see themselves as ministers of health. Putting these arguments—health and social justice—together implies that health equity should be at the heart of all policy making, national and global.

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