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    Is the Inverse Care Law no longer operating?
    • Jean Adams, Research Fellow
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      • Martin White

    Dear Editor

    The Inverse Care Law, proposed by Julian Tudor Hart in 1971, states that “the availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it in the population served.”[1]

    A number of authors have now claimed to have found instances of the Inverse Care Law operating in practice.[2,3] Given the prominence that this ‘law’ has gained in the health care literature over last thirty...

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