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  • A system made up of a group of independent but interrelated elements that constitute a unified whole and designed to look after the health care needs of a population. The modern health care system comprises three components: (1) personal medical care services, which are involved in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation- (2) the institutions and personnel that provide these services- and (3) government, public, and private organizations, which finance service delivery. These arrangements rely on the interrelationships of the people needing the health care services- the professionals and practitioners providing the health care- and the public and private agencies organizing, planning, regulating, financing, and coordinating the services.

    The health care system's concern for the delivery of services is related to access. Access is influenced by the ...

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