"Most health problems, and the care needed to address them, follow what we call
“the social gradient”.
This term is shorthand for the idea that those with the most resources – be it
money or education – have better health and get better treatment than those
with fewer resources.
In short, poverty makes you sick. It does this by limiting your access to
services and supports, through money or other factors such as the type of job
People at the “lower end” of the social gradient also tend to receive poorer
quality health care.
Unfortunately, this social gradient is now clear in the data on Australian
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics