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Prevention and public health services comprise services designed to enhance the health status of the population as distinct from the curative services which repair health dysfunction. Typical services are vaccination campaigns and programmes. (Function HC.6 in the ICHA).

Note that prevention and public health functions included in the OECD Health Data do not cover all fields of public health in the broadest sense of a cross-functional common concern for health matters in all political and public actions.

Some of these broadly defined public health functions (such as emergency plans and environmental protection) are not part of expenditure on health.

Source Publication:
A System of Health Accounts, OECD, 2000, chapter 3 and chapter 9, HC.6, page 121.

Statistical Theme: Health statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, March 11, 2003