Scotland: redistribution of income is best way to address health inequalities

05 June 2019

Actions to redistribute income are likely to result in the biggest improvements in population health and reductions in health inequalities, a study has shown.

NHS Health Scotland’s national overview report 2019 describes the latest findings of its Informing interventions to reduce health inequalities research using the ‘Triple I’ tool, which models the potential impact of different interventions on the population.

The study shows that redistributing income from the wealthiest in society to the poorest, using the tax and benefit system, to be the most effective measure, alongside a combination of actions that undo, prevent and mitigate health inequalities.

Andrew Pulford, public health intelligence adviser at NHS Health Scotland and the report’s lead author, said: ‘Our report shows the potential of the tool to help find the right solution, in the right context.’