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Principles for setting priorities for the health and health care of migrants and racial and ethnic minorities 

Principles for setting priorities for the health and health care of migrants and racial and ethnic minorities
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Principles for setting priorities for the health and health care of migrants and racial and ethnic minorities
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Raj S. Bhopal

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10.1093/med/9780199667864.003.0007
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date: 19 June 2019

This chapter argues that similarities between human populations tend to outweigh differences; that the general priorities of health care systems are of great importance to minority ethnic groups. Public health and health care initiatives must, therefore, cater for the ethnic majority and minority populations simultaneously, with work of equal potential effectiveness and sensitivity. Topics discussed include the nature of priority-setting, and the contribution of pubic health sciences; social values as an underpinning force in priority-setting for ethnic minority groups; the utility and futility of the comparative approach; using epidemiological data to help influence priorities for ethnic minority health; and the impact of choosing priorities on reducing and widening ethnic inequalities in health.

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