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commenting on some information (Hassan H. Dib, 09 August 2012)

<p>There are many true facts and many facts are still absent in this article. The Lebanese society is a very complex one. A person has to live there to understand and comprehend the whole picture about the health care system in Lebanon. The authors should have listed at the beginning of the article those insured by:... read full comment

Comment on: Chen et al. International Journal for Equity in Health, 11:23

Table 2 is a modified version (Hee-Sun Lee, 13 March 2012)

Table 2 is a modified version which has previously been used (Han et al., 2012).
"A Multilevel Analysis of the Compositional and Contextual Association of Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being in Seoul, South Korea", Sehee Han, Heaseung Kim, and Hee-Sun Lee, Social Indicators Research, DOI 10.1007/s11205-011-9990-7. read full comment

Comment on: Han et al. International Journal for Equity in Health, 11:3

Equity and the problem of legitimacy (Christine Loignon, 10 June 2011)

I really appreciated reading the Starfield's editorial entitled "The hidden inequity in health care". As a sociologist, my scientific research in primary care leads me to consider the importance of the user point of view regarding the problem of legitimacy. Underserved patients I've met who experience both multiple chronic conditions and poverty encountered the problem of legitimacy toward the health care system. The problem of legitimacy could be defined as the perception of not having a legitimated place in the health care system. It comes with the humiliation that goes with poverty experience and with being perceived as ┬┐bad patient┬┐ through social experience of the health care system. Negative past experience of care, stigma, economics and social barriers of access to care and... read full comment

Comment on: Starfield International Journal for Equity in Health, 10:15

Author's corrections (Jon Ivar Elstad, 28 March 2011)

Two minor print errors were unfortunately not discovered before publishing. (1) In table 1, bottom line, Gini for household-adjusted post-tax income: The range should be 0.188-0.363 (not 0.118-0.363). In the text, p.6, this range is correctly stated. (2) Table 3, bottom line, Model 4: Upper 95%CI limit should be 0.04893 (not 0.0483). read full comment

Comment on: Elstad International Journal for Equity in Health, 10:7

Correction (Ali Montazeri, 28 March 2011)

I would like to indicate that in the Abstract, the Results section, the number should read as (65 died at hospital and 99 died at home). read full comment

Comment on: Donyavi et al. International Journal for Equity in Health, 10:9

Where are young carers in the findings of this research? (Joseph Mavindu Mutunga, 14 February 2009)

The researchers seem to have left out something crucial in their methodology, which led to young cares of persons living with Aids being invisibilised, save for one boy. It is unlikely that young carers do not play a major role in caring for PLWHA. Sometimes they do more than women! Given that a large section of care recepients are people whose spouses are dead or dying because of Aids, young carers must be doing more than this paper has recognised.It is a great research paper noetheless.Thank you.Mavindu Mutunga read full comment

Comment on: Opiyo et al. International Journal for Equity in Health, 7:8

On Dis-aggregating sex and gender (Udaya S Mishra, 05 September 2005)

We have no doubt come a long way in defining and measuring gender, however, differentiating between sex and gender still remains hazy for many. As most of the gender analysis bases on sex dis-aggregated information, we need to manifest gender as a derivative of sex differential. If all the sex differential is not due to biological difference (sex) then the residual has to be ascribed to gender. Pampel (2001) provides a sensible illustration of this kind in the context of gender differential in road traffic accident victims. In this venture, two issues are equally important; one refers to the measurement of the differential in the first place and the second is the substantive difference in gender roles to substantiate the residual difference beyond biological self. As regard the measurement... read full comment

Comment on: Phillips International Journal for Equity in Health, 4:11

Infection and cardiovascular disease (Syed Wamique Yusuf, 27 January 2005)

Dear Sir /Madam In the recent paper (1), the authors have elegantly covered the issue of cardiovascular disease in the developing countries. They have have mentioned how cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now an emerging epidemic in developing countries and by year 2010, CVD will be the leading cause of death in the developing countries. They have cited life style changes brought about by industrialization and urbanization in developing countries as a factor and have targeted traditional risk factors like tobacco, alcohol, hypertension and physical inactivity for prevention purposes. Interestingly no mention was made of the association between infection and heart disease. They have failed to mention that prevention of infection, immunization and vaccination against common infections may... read full comment

Comment on: Boutayeb et al. International Journal for Equity in Health, 4:2