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Community Development Alliance Scotland

The economics of prevention


NHS Health Scotland has produced a briefing which outlines the ‘economics of prevention’. It details the role of preventative behaviours (e.g. reducing smoking, drinking) but notes:

“Policies and interventions which directly address the social and economic inequalities that drive health inequalities are likely to be most effective. Examples include the introduction of a living wage, the introduction of higher standards for privately rented accommodation and measures to improve the physical environment. Evidence … highlights the economic case for investing in programmes tackling the social determinants of health, such as programmes helping people find good jobs and stay in work.”


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