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Beyond Medicine: Why European Social Democracies Enjoy Better Health Outcomes Than the United States

Paul V. Dutton

Abstract

This book provides a penetrating historical analysis of why countless studies show that Americans are far less healthy than their European counterparts. The book argues that Europeans are healthier than Americans because beginning in the late nineteenth century, European nations began construction of health systems that focused not only on medical care but the broad social determinants of health: where and how we live, work, play, and age. European leaders also created social safety nets that became integral to national economic policy. In contrast, US leaders often viewed investments to impro ... More

Keywords: medical care, social determinants, national economic policy, social safety nets, health systems, health policy, US health policy, European health policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781501754555
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501754555.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul V. Dutton, author
Northern Arizona University