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Historical Health Care Policy Research: Getting Started

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This guide is designed for students doing research in the history of health care policy.  It provides guidance on using primary and secondary sources in historical research, as well as help finding books, journal articles, newspapers, and web resources that you can use when doing research in the history of health care policy.  *


Health Care Policy Definition

Health Policy refers to decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken to achieve specific health care goals within a society.  An explicit health policy can achieve several things: it defines a vision for the future which in turn helps to establish targets and points of reference for the short and medium term.  It outlines priorities and the expected roles of different groups; and it builds consensus and informs people. - World Health Organization

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