The Deadly Costs of Health Inequality
As standards of healthcare decline, so do our bodies; we need a radical vision for healthcare
Using hard data taken from service users, Lee Humber constructs a sharp analysis that gets to the heart of inequality in health care today, showing that 'wealthy means healthy'. Life expectancy for many in the UK and US is worse than it was 100 years ago, and more and more communities across the world can expect shorter and less healthy lives than their parents.
Humber also suggests radical strategies for tackling this degenerative situation, providing a compelling vision for how we can shape our health and that of future generations.
Lee Humber is a health and social care academic and activist. He has contributed to numerous journals including Critical and Radical Social Work and Disability and Society. He is the author of Vital Signs: The Deadly Costs of Health Inequality (Pluto, 2019).
'Excellent - a radical vision of how to improve healthcare provision and with it, the health of humanity' - Professor John Parrington, University of Oxford
'As another major 'inequality commission' is set up in Britain, 'Vital Signs' presents a clear historical and theoretical framing for why stark health differences between social and ethnic groups persist or increase across the globe' - George Davey Smith, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, editor of 'Health Inequalities: Lifecourse Approaches' (Policy, 2003)
2. Healthcare in the Age of Neoliberalism
3. Mergers, Monopolies and the 'Rising Billions'
4. The Social Determinants of Health
5. The 'Inequality Thesis'
6. Ageing Populations?
7. Health, Power and Paradigms
8. Legislating for Better Health?
9. Who's WHO?
10. The National Health Service: A Revolution Half Made?
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745338347
eBook ISBN: 9781786804259
135mm x 215mm