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Paul James, Yaso Nadarajah, Karen Haive, and Victoria Stead

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835880

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835880.001.0001

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Health and Community Equity

Health and Community Equity

(p.280) Chapter 9 Health and Community Equity
Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Development

Paul James

Yaso Nadarajah

Karen Haive

Victoria Stead

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter shows that the health services and health status of Papua New Guinea have been in a general decline since independence, and the health and life expectancy of people in Papua New Guinea are rated as the poorest in the Pacific. This is mainly due to an unequal distribution of resources with the country’s most disadvantaged groups relatively excluded from quality health care. The chapter argues that argue that there is a need for a more deliberate national commitment to health, with a focus on developing strategies for improving equitable access. Hence, health equity and community-based insurance can be considered as promising initiatives.

Keywords:   Papua New Guinea, health care, health services, health status, health equity, community-based insurance

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