Social protection, income and health inequities

Final report of the Task Group on GDP, Taxes, Income and Welfare - Review of social determinants of health and the health divide in the WHO European Region

Based on a strategic review of the literature and a series of novel analyses of European data, this publication addresses two key issues: the role of poverty for health and the role of social protection policies for health and health inequalities. As has been demonstrated earlier, lower poverty rates are associated with lower mortality across a range of European countries, both among young children and adults. The amount of social spending, a crude indicator of the generosity of social protection programmes, appears to influence this.