Primary health care and the role of the University
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ResumenPrimary health care (PHC) is currently the most important health reform underway in the world today. In most countries, governments and services have taken the lead in PHC development as a result of the declaration of Alma Ata. Since the 1990s, a large amount of evidence has demonstrated the impact of a strong primary health care system on the health of the communities. 2,3 Improved health status of a community is directly related to a better or morebalanced ratio of primary care professionals to specialists and to increased individual access to primary care within a region. As co-morbidities increase as a population ages, access to comprehensive and coordinated primary care becomes an increasingly cost-effective approach. Accessibility to primary care reduces the adverse effects on health of social inequalities.
KeywordsHealth Sciences; Medicine; Medical Sciences; Biomedical Sciences; Life Sciences; Innovations in health; Research
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