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January 14, 2009

Health Inequality: Morality and Measurement

JAMA. 2009;301(2):222-224. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.922

Is the health of US citizens unequal? If it is, is the inequality increasing? Among the various forms of inequality, health inequality seems particularly pernicious. Jefferson dropped the term “health” from Locke's original formulation when he penned the most famous phrase in the US Declaration of Independence, but health is either explicit or implicit in most formulations of the inalienable rights of man.1 Some studies suggest that the United States does have health inequalities and further that these inequalities may be increasing,24 but the evidence is not uniform.5,6 Where to begin when trying to unravel this important topic?

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