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    Just Me

    The work of Marmot (and others) is very important, but it is not perfect, and it is also not always clear how to practically implement some of the findings. Significant social inequity will always be with us, so even the most optimal application of this work will still leave serious problems to deal with.

    Otherwise, yes, health needs to be a broader and better integrated concept in government policy.

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    Jenny Haines

    The poor will be with us always! That was the justification the mediaeval church used for the wealth of the Pope and the Bishops and the Abbeys while the masses starved. That attitude by the then church led to revolutions and wars and the Protestant breakaways from Catholicism.
    Marmot is quietly passionate about his work and espouses his informed views with firmness. He provides the idealism back up by his research. And what is wrong with idealism? We need more of it in our post idealistic world! He leaves the implementation to Governments and Councils because that is their job, to put in place strategies to address significant social inequities, in particular where those social inequities bring about adverse health outcomes. The beauty of Marmot is that he demonstrates to the economic rationalists that it can be done and save economies money. A Senate Enquiry on how to implement Professor Marmot (and others) ideas in Australia is a good start.

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    Just Me

    “The poor will be with us always! That was the justification the mediaeval church used for the wealth of the Pope and the Bishops and the Abbeys while the masses starved”

    Are you seriously suggesting that we can eliminate all social inequity? Sorry, but that is fantasy land stuff. We can’t fix everything.

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