Lancet Commission: The legal determinants of health (2) Empowerment of individuals with the healthcare information they need (2)

10 May, 2019

(with thanks toIsabelle Wachsmuth)


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This new publication is in some ways complementary to The Lancet Commission, but again (I may have missed it, as I do not have time to read it in full) it appears to say little if anything about empowerment of individuals to be effective actors in their own health, including to ensure they have the healthcare information they need to protect their own health and the health of those for whom they are responsible.

Best wishes, Neil

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