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Is the inverse care law no longer operating?
  1. Jean Adams,
  2. Martin White
  1. School of Population and Health Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, The Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr J Adams

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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 healthcare literature over the past 30 years, we were surprised to note that Jordan et al failed to …

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