Defining Health and Identifying Influences on Healthcare Policy Southern New Hampshire University
Defining Health and Identifying Influences on Healthcare Policy
Today’s news and casual discussion eventually end up focusing on the state of healthcare in the United States. This is typically followed closely by opinions on how it needs to be changed to make sure everyone in the population remains healthy and can afford care. Healthcare in itself is much too broad of a topic for a simple solution but one thing that can be focused on is what our definition of health is and how is it being affected by current policies in Washington D.C.
“If you asked 10 individuals what the definition of health is, you would more than likely get 10 different responses. This is because health is relative.” Paone, S. (2014) The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 7th, 1948 defined health as, “…a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This definition has not been amended and still stands today in its original form. But what has changed in the last 66 years has been significant. The standards of living ...