Well-designed social protection systems can improve the lives of people and reduce health inequalities
Economic resources are generated through paid work and the social protection systems of the welfare state. The latter not only includes social insurance, welfare payments and income transfers, but also health and welfare services. When social protection systems are well designed, they sustain health and well-being by reducing the economic consequences of illness or unemployment.
The Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS) co-ordinated a network of leading academics in DRIVERS, examining how income & social protection are linked to health and health inequalities across Europe. A systematic review examined the main methodological approaches taken to studying these issues, and a series of papers looked at different periods of the life course during which social protection measures can play an active role in protecting and sustaining health.
- Lundberg O, Åberg Yngwe M, Bergqvist K & Sjöberg O (2014). DRIVERS final scientic report: The role of income and social protection for inequalities in health, evidence and policy implications.
- DRIVERS policy brief: Well-designed social protection systems can improve the lives of people and reduce health inequalities.
The full list of scientific papers, public reports and policy briefs is available from the Publications page.