One of my goals as surgeon general is to eliminate health disparities
in the United States. Yet, it is essential that we also play a role in eliminating
global health disparities; that is, inequalities in health status, disease
distribution, and access to services.
The World Health Report 2000—available
at http://www.who.int/whr/2000/— notes that health should
be good (the best it can be) and fair (equitably distributed). When health and health services are unfairly
distributed, regardless of how good they are, we
still face disparities.
Satcher D. Eliminating Global Health Disparities. JAMA. 2000;284(22):2864. doi:10.1001/jama.284.22.2864