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Book and Media Reviews
December 10, 2008

The Economics of Health Equity

JAMA. 2008;300(22):2674-2675. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.780

When the Titanic sank, passengers' economic status played a part in who lived and who died. Thomas LaVeist, of Johns Hopkins University, found a list of female survivors categorized by their travel class. The ship's lifeboats had space for 53% of everyone aboard. A first-class ticket practically guaranteed survival, while only half of third-class female passengers survived.

In The Economics of Health Equity, McIntyre, Mooney, and 15 other contributors trace the links between social factors and health, examine the lack of progress in making health care fair, and suggest ways to improve equity.