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Austerity and health: the impact in the UK and Europe

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Austerity measures—reducing social spending and increasing taxation—hurts deprived groups the most. Less is known about the impact on health. In this short review, we evaluate the evidence of austerity’s impact on health, through two main mechanisms: a ‘social risk effect’ of increasing unemployment, poverty, homelessness and other socio-economic risk factors (indirect), and a ‘healthcare effect’ through cuts to healthcare services, as well as reductions in health coverage and restricting acc...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1093/eurpub/ckx167

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Sociology
ORCID:
0000-0002-1288-8401
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Social Policy & Intervention
Oxford college:
Green Templeton College; Nuffield College
ORCID:
0000-0001-9114-965X
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Sociology
ORCID:
0000-0002-7541-6209
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
European Journal of Public Health Journal website
Volume:
27
Issue:
S4
Pages:
18-21
Publication date:
2017-01-02
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EISSN:
1464-360X
ISSN:
1101-1262
Pubs id:
pubs:737279
URN:
uri:e83f3601-85dc-4e6a-988e-02a0d8be4432
UUID:
uuid:e83f3601-85dc-4e6a-988e-02a0d8be4432
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pubs:737279
Language:
English

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