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Influence of Policy on Health Care for Families

Health care is a basic human need. While arguably health depends on many factors other than the availability of health care such as the quality of nutrition, of housing, or of the environment, a basic amount of health care is critical to maintaining, recovering, or developing health to its full potential. This is particularly true in the modern world, where public health and health care developments have substantially improved longevity and quality of life. It follows that health care systems, which include institutions, resources, and practices whose goal is to provide health care to populations, play a critical role in the health of individuals, families, and communities. It also follows that public policies—meaning legislative, regulatory, or organizational statements issued by public institutions—pertaining to the organization ...

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