Monday, February 27, 2012

[EQ] Social Inequalities in Health in Montreal

Social Inequalities in Health in Montréal

2011 Report of the Director of Public Health

Direction de santé publique - Agence de la santé et des services sociaux de Montréal -Canada

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“……Social inequalities in health in Montréal, like elsewhere, are due in large part to income gaps among individuals. The increase in income inequality between wealthy and less wealthy people in Canada has come to the attention of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); it has noted that over the past few years, Canadian rates of poverty and inequality have risen more than the average for member countries. In particular, since the end of the 1990s, mechanisms for income redistribution no longer suffice to correct the increase in income inequalities among Canadian households. All age groups are not equally affected since the low-income rate for seniors is about 6% while that for children hovers around 15%.

Policies and incentives to work implemented in Québec in the past few years have focused on improving families’ living conditions. Compared with other provinces,

Québec has been more successful in reducing social inequalities, as can be seen in after-tax income….”


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