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Syn: people services. A jargon term for publicly supported social services and assistance (“welfare”) that came into vogue in the decades of tax cuts and downsizing in the late 20th century, when publicly administered services in many countries were drastically reduced in the mistaken belief that population health would not be jeopardized. As a result, waiting lists have sometimes grown very long, and urgent medical needs may remain unmet.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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