• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Health Care Policy Process enables the reader to develop a clear understanding of the scope and objectives of health policy studies, to analyze the extent to which policies can be changed or influenced by those involved at the different stages of the policy process, and to assess both the need and the scope for change. The author considers the relationship between planning and policy, looks at key concepts in analyzing health care issues, and examines some of the debates overshadowing today's health policy agenda.

What is Equity?

In the course of the discussion on poverty, we referred to the notion of equity or social justice. At this point we should look a little more closely at what is meant by equity, and the way in which looking at equity can help us to look at welfare.

The concept of equity is related to that of fairness. Although the words are similar, equity should not be confused with equality. To illustrate this, imagine that you have a loaf of bread; you are asked to take the loaf with you into the nearest shop in your neighbourhood and to distribute the loaf to whoever is in the shop at the time. First, you are asked to distribute the loaf according to the ...

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