Health politics

Health politics or politics of health is an interdisciplinary field of study concerned with the analysis of social and political power over the health status of individuals.[1][2]

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders campaigning for extended US medicare coverage in 2017.

Health politics, incorporating broad perspectives from medical sociology to international relations, is interested not only in the understanding of politics as government/ governance, but also politics as civil society and as a process of power contestation. It views this wider understanding of politics to take place throughout levels of society - from the individual to the global. As such the politics of health is not constrained to a particular area of society, such as state government, but rather is a dynamic, ongoing social process that takes place ubiquitously throughout our levels of society.[3]


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