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Health for the whole population 

Health for the whole population
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Health for the whole population
Author(s):

Patrick Kadama

and Peter Eriki

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703327.003.0020
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date: 18 September 2019

Chapter 20 describes the way in which the support system provided by the traditional African extended family has given way in recent years to a new dependency by individuals on state organized health systems, charities, and private concerns. It discusses that the result has been increasing health costs and growing inequalities, and how it is now the poorest people who pay proportionately the highest amount for their healthcare out of their own pockets. The chapter sets out in broad terms the challenges faced by countries seeking to offer universal access to health and healthcare for their citizens. These are challenges that, as discussed in earlier chapters, require countries to find a way to meet these challenges that is based both on their culture and history, and on their financial capabilities and circumstances.

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