Thursday, March 12, 2009

Inverse Care Law

The Inverse care law is the principle that the availability of good medical or social care tends to vary inversely with the need of the population served. Phrase coined by Julian Tudor Hart in a Lancet paper in 1971, the term has since been widely adopted.

The law states that: "The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it in the population served. This ... operates more completely where medical care is most exposed to market forces, and less so where such exposure is reduced." (Hart, 1971).

Julian Tudor Hart is one of my personal heros and a great inspiration in my path in medicine. He is a leader in social medicine and a retiered general practitioner that served a mining community in welsh for many many years.
I had the pleasure to hear him speak in the past and talk to him and read some of his books. He published many research papers in the best medical journals, most from his rural practice.

His web sight
Watch the video.

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