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Systems Supporting Family Health

  • By: Steven S. Coughlin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

A system of care is an approach to health care that is a coordinated network of community-based services and supportive care. Systems that support family health recognize the importance of family and community in restoring and promoting health. In countries such as the United States, elements of care systems include traditional medical services, such as fee-for-service physicians and other medical providers, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), preferred provider networks, services provided by government agencies or departments, and public and private mental health care services. Such systems often provide care for a family member who is receiving care in the context of a family although, in some cases, the family itself is the focus of care. Examples of health care focused on families include health care provided ...

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