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1 The extent to which the health services provided for or available to the population of a country or region meet the potential or perceived needs of the people.

2 The extent to which a population is protected against a communicable disease by appropriate vaccination or other preventive regimen.

3 As applied to insurance, the extent of financial protection afforded by an insurance program.

4 The proportion of a population that benefits from a particular health care service, e.g., obstetrics, that is theoretically available to all.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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