It is difficult to define ‘health policy’ precisely, not least because of continuing debate over the definition of ‘health’ itself. The WTO’s 1948 definition of health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’ would lead to a number of policy areas being brought under the umbrella of health policy (including, e.g., policies on housing, employment, and poverty reduction).
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