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Chapter 2 - Societal Determinants and Determination of Health

from Section 1 - Global Health: Definitions and Descriptions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2021

Solomon Benatar
Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town
Gillian Brock
Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland
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In 2017, Cubans lived, on average, to the age of 79 years – the same as in the United States (World Bank, 2019a). Yet US per capita income is approximately eight times that of Cuba (World Bank, 2019b). Similarly, Sri Lankans – earning US$4,060 per capita annually – had a life expectancy of 77 years (World Bank, 2019a, 2019b), 2 years more than in the state of Mississippi (USA), where annual per capita income is more than fivefold higher at US$22,500 (National Geographic, 2018; United States Census Bureau, n.d.). What makes Cubans and Sri Lankans live as long as or longer than those in significantly richer countries like the United States?

Global Health
Ethical Challenges
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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