Health disparities aren’t just a result of the inequities in the healthcare system, but also other socioeconomic areas including housing, nutrition and education. To tackle these challenges, the healthcare industry is going to need to work with other sectors, declared Hans Kluge, regional director for Europe at the World Health Organization.
“One of the big challenges that we have learned over decades is that it goes beyond the healthcare sector,” Kluge said. “Because the root causes are what we call the social economic determinants of health. … In which circumstances are people living, working, the children playing? It means we need to [make] a massive effort to work across sectors.”