In Pursuit of Health Equity: Comparing U.S. and EU Approaches to Eliminating Disparities

Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues -- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute, Forthcoming

13 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2014

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Elizabeth Docteur

Elizabeth Docteur Consulting

Robert A. Berenson

The Urban Institute

Date Written: June 30, 2014

Abstract

Researchers compare and contrast the U.S. public policy approach to tackling the problem of health disparities with the European approach in this paper. They begin by providing an overview of the ways in which the issue of health disparities has been framed in American and European policy discourse. They next compare how health disparities have been addressed in policy statements produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by the European Commission, the executive body of the European Union. In so doing, they seek to illuminate implicit choices that stand to have a bearing on the outcomes of these initiatives.

Keywords: health disparities, inequalities, United States, Europe, policy

JEL Classification: D63, I12

Suggested Citation

Docteur, Elizabeth and Berenson, Robert A., In Pursuit of Health Equity: Comparing U.S. and EU Approaches to Eliminating Disparities (June 30, 2014). Timely Analysis of Immediate Health Policy Issues -- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Urban Institute, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2462922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2462922

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Robert A. Berenson

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Washington, DC 20037
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