Pharos have released an info sheet regarding the effects of corona on health inequalities in The Netherlands, they analysed more than 50 reports and articles that have appeared since the corona outbreak with specific attention to the consequences among residents with a lower socio-economic position and/or migrant background.
This info sheet showed that;
- COVID-19 continues to impact health inequalities in the Netherlands;
- Residents with a low socio-economic status (SES) or a migration background are at greater risk of infection, are more likely to be seriously ill and at higher risk of dying from the virus;
- The measures to prevent the spread of the disease also have a greater negative impact on vulnerable groups, impacting people in areas relating to work, income, education, and access to care, therefore resulting in poorer health.
Pharos states if these issues are not addressed, the consequences in all areas of life in the coming years and the increasing health gap between rich and poor in the Netherlands will become even larger.
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