Fair division

The Second Equity Gauge - Monitoring Fairness in Access to Basic Services Essential for Health

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
The second Equity Gauge seeks to place the goal of equitable health care within a broader framework that links socio-economic disparities with health outcomes. This publication highlights the fact that people do not get sick at random and that health is intimately tied up with living and working conditions. In focusing on this interdependence of socio-economic determinants with health outcomes, the document also points to the relationship between health status and geographical, racial and gender-related issues.

The Equity Gauge

Published by: 
Health Systems Trust
This Equity Gauge represents a partnership between legislators and the Health Systems Trust. It is designed to support national and provincial legislators in their policy monitoring role and specifically in monitoring the move towards equity in health and health care. Although there has been considerable progress towards equity since the first democratic elections in 1994, the picture painted in the Gauge is still bleak. Whilst the homelands no longer exist in any formal sense, their legacy remains, impacting harshly upon the lives of those who live in these areas. Whether equity in health and health care is measured by health status, by province, by race, or according to the urban/rural divide, it is almost exclusively, poor African people, whose lives are most impoverished by inequity in South Africa. The Gauge will be regularly revised. This will allow it to be updated and findings from new research to be incorporated. It will also enable progress and changes to be traced over time.