Health CareThe issue of health care has taken a meteoric rise to the top of popular, and controversial, issues in 2009, demonstrating wide conflict of interests, ideologies and self-interests—shows the impact of culture and society, individual “choices” and social structuresHealth—a state of complete physical, mental and social [not spiritual] wellbeing—not just the absence of disease but a positive sense of wellness, as expressed in the constitution of the World Health Organization (1946)Illness—the absence of . . .Healing—the process of restoring wellbeingHealth care—the system that provides and promotes healingMedicine—the institutionalized system for the scientific diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Does the US health care system promote prevention or does it emphasize treatment for fees?Well-being—that mysterious term that is impossible to scientifically defineHow can “health” be measured?
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