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Equal Care

Health Equity, Social Democracy, and the Egalitarian State

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.

About the Author

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.

Endorsements

"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."

- Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, University of Chicago

"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."

- Sir Michael Marmot, CH, MBBS, MPH, University College London Institute of Health Equity
Johns Hopkins University Press
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