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Rich DemocraciesPolitical Economy, Public Policy, and Performance$
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Harold Wilensky

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231764

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231764.001.0001

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Health Performance

Health Performance

Affluence, Political Economy, and Public Policy as Sources of Real Health

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Rich Democracies


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This chapter examines the influence of affluence, political economy and public policy on health performance. Although there is much healthy skepticism regarding the effectiveness of the medical community in improving health and well-being relative to the influence of improved living standards rooted in economic growth, this chapter shows that both are important. This chapter also suggests that medical intervention has had substantial effects in both preventing and managing many diseases and it had extended life expectancy free of disability for elderly men and women by several years and reduced infant mortality rates.

Keywords:   health performance, affluence, political economy, public policy, medical community, living standards, economic growth, medical intervention, life expectancy, infant mortality

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