New Internationalist

Bad medicine - inequality’s toxic effect on health and healthcare

With medical attention increasingly rationed and concerns over the quality of life for a growing elderly population, is the notion of ‘healthcare for all’ impossibly utopian? As our societies become increasingly stratified, healthcare systems further reflect inequality.

November 2012, Issue 457

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