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Health Care Systems
Health care systems

The concept of a ‘health care system’ is generally normatively (and narrowly) defined as a coordinated system for the management of disease through the provision of clinical health care services (usually coterminous with the boundaries of a national state), rather than as a comprehensive system designed to achieve ‘health for all’ on the lines of the World Health Organization's definition of health as a ‘complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being’ (WHO, 1981).

The comparative analysis of health care systems (which usually include some elements of health improvement) generally assesses what have been described as the three key ‘functional’ dimensions of clinical health care provision as they apply to actually existing health care systems (Freeman, 2000: 1). These dimensions are ...

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