There are a number of ways in which family socio-economic status may impact on health during childhood and into adulthood. Health is influenced by the distribution of money, power and resources within a society which are in turn, influenced by the social, economic and political structures. These are the social determinants of health largely responsible for avoidable health inequality. Therelationship is complex, involving many interacting factors which can have a negative impact.
This section presents information on the impact of poverty on health.