Public health isn’t about state-run hospitals

The term ‘public health’ has been misappropriated to mean healthcare in the public sector. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint Nearly all democracies use two modalities of modern medicine to keep citizens healthy—public health and disease-care. Public health is what the state does to prevent diseases and to protect health. In contrast, disease-care includes the different types of biomedical interventions that are carried out to restore health after an individual falls ill. Therefore, disease-care is popularly called “healthcare”. Healthcare is labour-intensive, given by one worker to one client at a time. Clinics and…

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