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PART I Introduction 1 1 Socioeconomic inequalities in health in Europe: An overview 3 J.P. MACKENBACH, M.J. BAKKER, A.E. KUNST AND F. DIDERICHSEN 2 Strategies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health 25 J.P. MACKENBACH, M.J. BAKKER, M. SIHTO AND F. DIDERICHSEN PART II Interventions and policies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health 51 3 Income maintenance policies: Determining their potential impact on socioeconomic inequalities in health 53 F. DIDERICHSEN 4 Income maintenance policies: The example of Finland 67 E. LAHELMA, I. KESKIMAKI AND O. RAHKONEN 5 Municipal policies: The example of Barcelona 77 C. BORRELL, J. VILLALBI, E. DiEZ, T. BRUGAL AND J. BENACH 6 Work-related policies and interventions 85 C. HOGSTEDT AND I. LUNDBERG 7 Food and nutrition policies and interventions 104 R. PRATTALA, G. ROOS, K. HULSHOF AND M. SIHTO 8 Smoking policies 125 S. PLATT, A. AMOS, W. GNICH AND O. PARRY 9 Children, an important target group for the reduction of socioeconomic inequalities in health 144 A. MIELCK, H. GRAHAM AND S. BREMBERG 10 Equality of access to healthcare 169 I. PATERSON AND K. JUDGE 11 Patient cost sharing and access to healthcare 188 F. LOUCKX PART III National experiences 199 12 England 201 M. BENZEVAL 13 France 214 T. LANG, D. FASSIN, H. GRANDJEAN, M. KAMINSKI AND A. LECLERC 14 Greece 223 Y. TOUNTAS, P. KARNAKI AND D. TRIANTAFYLLOU 15 Italy 229 G. COSTA, T. SPADEA AND N. DIRINDIN 16 Lithuania 240 V. GRABAUSKAS AND Z. PADAIGA 17 The Netherlands 249 K. STRONKS 18 Spain 262 J. BENACH, C. BORRELL AND A. DAPONTE 19 Sweden 274 B. BURSTROM, F. DIDERICHSEN, P. OSTLIN AND P.-O. OSTERGREN PART IV Evaluation issues 285 20 Health impact assessment: An approach to promote intersectoral policies to reduce socioeconomic inequalities in health 287 A. RITSATAKIS, R. BARNES, M. DOUGLAS AND A. SCOTT-SAMUEL 21 Theory-based evaluation: New approaches to evaluating complex community-based initiatives 300 K. JUDGE AND M. MACKENZIE PART V Reflections 313 22 Gender perspective on socioeconomic inequalities in health 315 P. OSTLIN 23 Room for a view: A non-European perspective on European policies to minimize socioeconomic inequalities in health 325 P. HOWDEN-CHAPMAN AND I. KAWACHI PART VI Key messages 335 24 By way of conclusion: Key messages for policy-makers 337 Appendix: Review search strategy 343 Glossary 345 Index 348Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Medical care Europe, Health services accessibility Europe, Social classes Health aspects Europe, Discrimination in medical care Europe, Medical policy Social aspects Europe