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What kinds of economic policies might reduce health inequities and improve the overall...

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gracedaymon | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM via web

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What kinds of economic policies might reduce health inequities and improve the overall health of most Americans by improving Health Care services, accessability, cost and quality?

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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted January 25, 2013 at 12:25 AM (Answer #1)

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Policies that emphasize, regulate, and incentivize preventative and preemptive health care tend to reduce health inequalities and increase general health. For example, health insurance policies that incentivize health screenings, annual physicals, and vaccinations encourage individuals to be proactive regarding their health care. Universal access to healthy foods also reduces health inequalities. In particular, social programs such as low-cost community grocery stores and food support programs often drastically reduce health disparities between communities. Social awareness programs emphasizing healthy eating habits and strong fitness habits can also influence individuals' personal health habits.

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