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The total human and material resources that a nation or community deploys to preserve, protect, and restore health and to minimize suffering caused by disease and injury, and the administrative and organizational arrangements involved in using these. The main components of the system are primary community-oriented personal health care, hospital-based specialized care, and public health services. The “system” can also be said to include self-care and informal care provided by family members and friends.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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