The Health Of The Healthcare Footprint

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The healthcare footprint is defined as, “the actions and decisions that impact the health of people worldwide” (Health, 2009). The environment, economics and political willpower are all cornerstones of the healthcare footprint. Health is a generally broad term used to describe much more than just a person’s physical well-being; it also includes a person’s mental and social well-being. All of these well-beings extend beyond if someone is ill or not going to the dentist. Issues like access to clean drinking water, funding clinics and triaging individuals relate to the healthcare footprint (Health, 2009). One significant concern is that improvements in medicine and healthcare are not equitably spread across all countries--poorer countries (like those in Africa) lack modern advances and deal with extra challenges like Ebola and increasing cases of HIV/AIDS. Another concern about health care is that the political realm of governments control how budgets are spent and more specifically if people can have equal access to care when illness strikes and preventable care to avoid disease.

There are more factors contributing to health care including an individual 's ecological footprint. Researchers In 2011, McMichael and Butler found that there many relations between people’s lives and both their ecological and health care footprints. Here are some highlights:
There is a positive relationship between a person’s level of affluence and their health.
Just because a person has a larger…
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