Good health is not only a key component of individual well-being but it influences
labour market outcomes, improving people's chances at a better life. Inequalities
in health and health-care access are an impediment to inclusive growth. This report
documents a comprehensive range of inequalities in health and health systems to the
detriment of disadvantaged population groups in a large set of OECD and EU countries.
It assesses the gaps in health outcomes and risk factors between different socio-economic
groups, and measures inequalities in health-care utilisation, unmet needs and financial
protection. For these different domains, the report identifies groups of countries
that display higher, lower and intermediate levels of inequality. This report demonstrates
that if societies and their governments are serious about inclusive growth and reducing
inequalities in societies, then health-related inequalities must be part of the equation.