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Equal Care

Health Equity, Social Democracy, and the Egalitarian State

Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH

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Introduces a vision for the future of health equity and explains practical policy measures for how to achieve it.

Health inequity is one of the defining problems of our time. But current efforts to address the problem focus on mitigating the harms of injustice rather than confronting injustice itself. In Equal Care, Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, offers an innovative vision for the future of health equity by examining the social mechanisms that link injustice to poor health. He also presents practical policies designed to create a system of social relations that ensures equal care for everyone.

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Introduces a vision for the future of health equity and explains practical policy measures for how to achieve it.

Health inequity is one of the defining problems of our time. But current efforts to address the problem focus on mitigating the harms of injustice rather than confronting injustice itself. In Equal Care, Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, offers an innovative vision for the future of health equity by examining the social mechanisms that link injustice to poor health. He also presents practical policies designed to create a system of social relations that ensures equal care for everyone.

As Berkowitz illustrates, the project of social democracy works to improve health by bringing relationships of equality to the sites of human cooperation: in civil society, in political processes, and in economic activities. This book synthesizes three elements necessary for such a project—normative justification, mechanistic knowledge, and technical proficiency—into a practical vision of how to create health equity. Drawing from the fields of medicine, social epidemiology, sociology, economics, political science, philosophy, and more, Berkowitz makes clear that health inequity is social failure embodied, and the only true cures are political. Equal Care is essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of health equity.

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Advancing health equity is a team sport, and Seth Berkowitz has written a remarkable book that integrates the frontline experience of the clinician, the rigorous policy analysis of the health services researcher, the worldview of the political philosopher, and the soul of the ethicist. A thoughtful contribution to improving the health of all.

Social injustice causes health inequities. If you want to understand what that simple statement means, why it is important, and what is needed to address the problem, read this meticulously argued book. Uniquely, it brings together theoretical arguments with practical solutions to create fairer, healthier societies.

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376
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9781421448244
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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. What Is Health Equity?
3. Equality of What?
4. Democratic Equality
5. How Injustice Harms Health
6. Inegalitarian Ideologies and Health
7. The

List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgments
1. Introduction
2. What Is Health Equity?
3. Equality of What?
4. Democratic Equality
5. How Injustice Harms Health
6. Inegalitarian Ideologies and Health
7. The Theory of the Welfare State
8. Economics of the Welfare State
9. Financing the Welfare State
10. Practice of the Welfare State
11. Transfer Income Policy I: In-Kind Services
12. Transfer Income Policy II: Cash Benefits
13. Factor Income Policy
14. Civil and Political Rights
15. Conclusions
References
Index

Author Bio
Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH
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Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH

Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, a general internist, practicing primary care physician, and clinician investigator, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.