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Author Avni, Shlomit ♦ Filc, Dani ♦ Davidovitch, Nadav
Source World Health Organization (WHO)-Global Index Medicus
Content type Text
Publisher Elsevier
File Format HTM / HTML
Language English
Difficulty Level Medium
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Sociology & anthropology ♦ Economics ♦ Microeconomics & related topics ♦ Social problems & services; associations ♦ Social welfare problems & services ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology ♦ Natural history of organisms ♦ Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Management & auxiliary services ♦ General management
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Eukaryota ♦ Organisms ♦ Social Sciences ♦ Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena ♦ Health Care Economics and Organizations ♦ Health Services Administration ♦ Health Care ♦ Geographic Locations ♦ Geographic Locations
Subject Keyword Discipline Medicine ♦ Health Status Disparities ♦ Healthcare Disparities ♦ Humans ♦ Israel ♦ Societies, Medical ♦ Questionnaires ♦ Journal Article ♦ Research Support, Non-u.s. Gov't
Abstract The present paper analyses the emergence and characteristics of Israeli Medical Association (IMA) discourse on health inequality in Israel during the years 1977-2010. The IMA addressed the issue of health inequality at a relatively late stage in time (2000), as compared to other OECD countries such as the UK, and did so in a relatively limited way, focusing primarily on professional or economic interests. The dominant discourses on health inequalities within the IMA are biomedical and behavioral, characterized by a focus on medical and/or cultural and behavioral differences, the predominant use of medical terminology, and an individualistic rather than a structural conceptualization of the social characteristics of health differences. Additionally, IMA discourses emphasize certain aspects of health inequality such as the geographical and material inequities, and in doing so overlook the role played by class, nationality and the unequal structure of citizenship. Paradoxically, by disregarding the latter, the IMA's discourse on health inequality has the potential to reinforce the structural causes of these inequities. Our research is based on a textual critical discourse analysis (CDA) of hundreds of documents from the IMA's scientific medical journal, the IMA's members journal and public IMA documents such as press-releases, Knesset protocols, publications, and public surveys. By providing knowledge on the different ways in which the IMA, a key stakeholder in the health field, de-codifies, understands, explains, and attempts to deal with health inequality, the article illuminates possible implications on health policy and seeks to evaluate the direct interventions carried out by the IMA, or by other actors influenced by it, pertaining to health inequality.
Spatial Coverage Israel
Description Author Affiliation: Avni S ( Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer Sheva, 84105, Israel. Electronic address:; Filc D ( Department of Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer Sheva, 84105, Israel.); Davidovitch N ( Department of Health Systems Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 685, 84105, Israel.)
ISSN 02779536
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Reading ♦ Research ♦ Self Learning
Interactivity Type Expositive
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-11-01
Publisher Place Great Britain (UK)
e-ISSN 18735347
Journal Social Science & Medicine
Volume Number 144

Source: WHO-Global Index Medicus