Gross inequities in health and longevity are worldwide and continue at undesirable levels despite advances in disease control and treatment. Through communication, modern medicine can improve these statistics. A series of questions and discussions of the answers are presented in order to illustrate these worldwide health inequities and their consequences.

1.    g. all of the above

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set up an independent Commission on Social Determinants of Health in order to understand the determinants of health, their function, and how health can be improved and inequities reduced. If determinants of health are social, so too must be the remedies. Action on the social determinants of health is necessary to improve health and to indicate that society has moved toward meeting human needs. Major factors of social determinants include levels of perceived stress, early life experience, social exclusion, work, unemployment, social support, addiction, transportation, food, and the...

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