Public Health as a Public Good
Public health refers to the art and science of protecting and improving the health of the community through education, researching for diseases, and prevention of injury. Public goods are products that are freely available to society (Stein et al. 358). Public health is regarded as a public good since the community has the right to acquire good health standards at all times. A healthy lifestyle is characterized by access to medical services, provision of health care, and promotion of healthy living through initiatives that require public benefit rather than individualism gain.
Funding and Overseeing of Public Health Programs
Public health programs are a collective responsibility of citizens, stakeholders, government, as well as private and public investors. The government should finance public health with the coordination of the society to ensure the prevention of diseases and eradication of health threats (Schneider et al. 208). Additionally, stakeholders in the public health sector and the public ensure accountability in using the health funds and the available programs. Overseeing public health programs such as education and empowering people about health issues is a collaborative effort between the health department and the society (Schneider et al. 211).
The government and the public ensure the provision of clean water and maintenance of a healthy environment. The public give their feedback on public health programs required and report on any dissatisfaction (Schneider et al. 213). As many people understand the various projects offered by public health, society should not mix health practices with contentious political or moral attachments.
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Stein, Felix, and Devi Sridhar. “Health as a “Global Public Good”: Creating a Market for Pandemic Risk.” bmj 358 (2017): j3397.