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Health inequalities and welfare resourcesContinuity and change in Sweden$
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Johan Fritzell and Olle Lundberg

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347589

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347589.001.0001

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Health inequalities and welfare resources: findings and forecasts

Health inequalities and welfare resources: findings and forecasts

Ten Health inequalities and welfare resources: findings and forecasts
Health inequalities and welfare resources

Johan Fritzell

Carin Lennartsson

Olle Lundberg

Policy Press

This chapter aims to discuss a number of pertinent issues in the current debate about health inequalities in the light of the findings of earlier chapters. It notes that these chapters not only investigate whether such theoretical constructs might be of importance for health status, but also to what extent they are important when it tries to explain the gradient by class or gender. It explains that the analyses presented in this book draw one conclusion on the welfare state. It notes that the economic crisis of the 1990s was the deepest recession experienced in Sweden since the 1930s. It observes that to some extent this crisis gave rise to poorer public health in general, yet by and large inequalities in health have not increased. It argues that the welfare state was able to buffer the immediate impact of the crisis.

Keywords:   health inequalities, theoretical constructs, health status, class, gender, welfare state, economic crisis, recession, Sweden

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