Political structures and processes have major effects on human health, despite attempts to place the burden for health problems entirely on individuals and their "lifestyles." These include not only policy decisions about health care systems, but also how we regulate (or deregulate) health hazards, the strength and fairness of our democratic institutions, and our overall social environment.

The points to the need for a health in all policies, whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach to ensuring health and well-being for all.