I have heard of the term health inequalities. What does this mean?

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I have heard of the term health inequalities. What does this mean?

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Health inequalities result from differences in the health status of individuals, groups or populations. These differences are unjust, unfair and preventable, and arise from the unequal distribution of social, environmental and economic conditions that exist within society.

Health inequalities determine people’s risk of becoming ill, their ability to prevent illness or to access treatment when they get unwell.

As general practice is usually the first port of call for people seeking help for their illness, as well as carrying out important screening functions and management of chronic conditions, it is important to recognise the individuals who may not attend and are at risk of their condition not being treated.

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