Health and Health Services

Gualtiero Ricciardi, Elisabetta de Vito


The state of health of the world population has costantly improved in re-cent years. However, quality of life and life expectancy show huge varia-tions in the different demografic regions of the world. To explain such differences three main factors can be considered:

1 - patterns of disease, which are largely determined by geography and climate;

2 - human behaviour;

3 - health services funding, organization and management.

The paper develops a discussion on these issues, focusing on correlation between health systems methods of funding and management and state of health of the world population. 

Key words: Health - Health systems - Health services 

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