All political parties in Norway agree that social inequalities in health comprise a public health problem and should be reduced. Against this background, the Norwegian Council on Social Inequalities in Health has taken action to provide specific advice to reduce social health differences.
The recommendations focus on the entire social gradient rather than just poverty and the socially disadvantaged. By proposing action on the social determinants of health such as affordable child-care, education, living environments and income structures, we aim to facilitate a possible re-orientation of policy away from redistribution to universalism. The striking challenges of the causes of health differences are complex, and the 29 recommendations to combat social inequality of health demand cross sectorial actions.
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