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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Health Care around the World

While the debate about changes in the domestic health care system is ongoing (and probably will be for a while)' let us look at what the rest of the world is doing. The first one is the World Health Organization. WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. While it is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends, it cannot cure the worlds population by itself. Other international organizations and countries have to step in and support the WHO’s mission. One of these supporting organizations is the European Union Commissions Directorate General for 'Health and Consumers'. Another one is the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. Check them out! They have a lot of information to offer.

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