health care delivery system

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A term used to describe how a national, regional, or local health care system is organized, administered, provided, and paid for, sometimes to a circumscribed system such as that under the auspices of a specific medical and hospital insurance carrier or health maintenance organization. Use of the word “delivery” is deprecated by critics who point out that health and health care cannot be “delivered.” Health care can be offered or provided, and it may (or may not) be used by those who need or want it.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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