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10 facts on health inequities and their causes

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Zoltan Balogh

Health inequities have a significant financial cost to societies

The European Parliament has estimated that losses linked to health inequities cost around 1.4% of gross domestic product (GDP) within the European Union – a figure almost as high as the EU's defense spending (1.6% of GDP). This arises from loses in productivity and tax payments, and from higher welfare payments and health care costs.

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