What are health inequalities?


Authors: M.A. Beenackers, F.J. van Lenthe, J.P. Mackenbach from Erasmus MC, in collaboration with the HE2020 project partners

Definition of health

According to the World Health Organization, health is ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ (WHO, 1946). In general, health is determined by the genetic and biological predisposition of persons and by the context in which they are born, grow up, work and grow old. Good health helps people participate in and contribute to society.

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