JS wrote:I would say that vaccines, proper diet, etc. are preemptive treatments of a disease, so my principle still holds.
I think you could state it more clearly than you did in that case. Rather than:"The purpose of a healthcare system is to provide healthcare i.e. treat diseases"
perhaps something more like:"The purpose of a healthcare system is the maintenance and restoration of good health"
And then, as others have said, you do
have to make a sensible stab at how to define 'health' in this context.
('Maintenance of good health' can become Orwellian in a way that 'restoration' doesn't, though. Should healthy food be given away free? Should unhealthy food be taxed? Should unhealthy food be banned
? It can get tricky.)
Angua wrote:You can think of it as the overall healthcare system advising/outsourcing to other departments what needs to be done? Like, you might not be aware of the need for better sanitation in x area unless you have a notifiable disease system that suddenly starts reporting a lot of water borne diseases there.
Well, I mean clearly departments should be communicating and cooperating, but I'd say it's the responsibility of government as a whole
to maintain global health and well-being of its citizens, whereas I see the responsibility of The Healthcare System as much narrower.
For example, it's not the responsibility of the healthcare system to prevent drunk-driving even though individual instances have a huge effect on health; I'd argue it's the responsibility of the police, of the education system, of each of us via social shaming and so on.
the responsibility of the healthcare system to prevent outbreaks of measles though, even if, for sake of argument, drunk-driving causes far more deaths...