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Government Perspective, Public Health Issues

The perspective of any decision-making entity determines which costs and outcomes will be included in a decision and is determined by who the audience to the decision is and how that audience will use the information contained in the decision or disseminated as a result of the decision. In questions of government or public health policy, it is usually most appropriate to adopt a societal perspective, because a more narrowly defined perspective will lead to an inefficient allocation of scarce public resources. A government public health perspective, therefore, would include an audience that tends to be society in general, including those who do and those who do not benefit from a program, policy, or intervention and including those who do and those who do not ...

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