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1.2 Why is Public Health Controversial

Health individualvssocialresponsibility

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Unformatted text preview: .” ­Dr. Don Francis Who is Responsible for the Who Health of the Public? Health Individual vs social responsibility Health care vs medical care Most of the advances in improving individual health over the last century have come from public health measures, not medical measures. Individual vs. Social Individual Responsibility for Change Responsibility Maintaining the status quo Redistributing authority, resources, and prestige Western cultural values False dichotomy? Vaccination Motor­vehicle safety Safer workplaces Control of infectious diseases Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke The 20th Century's Ten Great Public The Health Achievements in the United States Health Safer and healthier foods Healthier mothers and babies Family planning Fluoridation of drinking water Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard Sources of Controversy Economic impact Individual liberty Moral and religious concerns Politics vs. science Cultural Values Social Organization Distribution of Power Economic Impact Businesses often resist public health measures because they affect profits Those who must pay may not be the ones who benefit Costs may be short­term, while benefits may be long­term Costs easier to calculate than benefits Tragedy...
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