This paper on health inequalities in Scotland was developed as our submission to the Health Inequalities Review commissioned by Neil Findlay MSP. The review starts from the premise that Scotland’s health inequalities are the unjust differences in life expectancy and these differences are determined by socio-economic position, caused by the unfair distribution of income, wealth and power. Tackling this inequality is arguably the greatest challenge we face as a society.
A considerable body of evidence has been accumulated in Scotland to highlight the impact and causes of health inequalities. This review is therefore focusing on concrete policy recommendations for tackling this issue.