31 March 2011

Preserve welfare spending to protect population health, not health budgets

There's a fascinating argument in the recent BMJ that efforts should be devoted to ring-fencing
Governments may feel they are protecting health by safeguarding healthcare budgets, yet David Stuckler, Sanjay Basu, and Martin McKee argue that social welfare spending is as important, if not more so, for population health.
David wrote a piece for the International Association for Impact Assessment's Health Quarterly in 2009 on the health impacts of the global financial crisis that's worth reading too.

Hat-tip to Malcolm Lewis for the article.