Mark Ragg, whose recent report, Fine, but not fair, has generated some interesting debate about health inequalities, has a question for readers:
“Thanks all who provided comment. I accept both bouquets for presentation and brickbats for not digging deeply enough. I’d like to point out, as a meager defence, that I was well aware of the social determinants of health (such knowledge was part of the reason for writing the report), but was surprised to find that the social determinants of health care led to such glaring inequalities of outcome.
And can I ask a question. Does anybody have direct evidence that either private health insurance or private health care, per se (ie. disentangled from wealth, education and so on) leads to better health outcomes?“