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[Economic development, inequality, and health].

Authors
  • Prata, P R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cadernos de saúde pública
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1994
Volume
10
Issue
3
Pages
387–391
Identifiers
PMID: 14762547
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The author refers to the social, economic, individual, and collective dimensions of the relationship between health and disease. He considers that individuals and populations are not equally exposed to protective and risk factors. He highlights the uneven development between nations and Brazilian regions, and communities, as well as discussing the relationship between development, wealth, health, and social justice. The article analyzes development theories and makes a distinction between economic development and growth. The concepts of development trap and social refugees are coined. The author defines a healthy community, points to the need for a shift in the current development model, and delineates the health sector's role and limitations in dealing with social inequality.

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