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For e xample, diet, e xercise, stress-free lifestyle, promiscuous se x, and other individual choices such as smoking ha ve been found to play a major role in most of the significant health problems of today. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke, sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer are just some of the ailments with direct links to individual choices and lifestyles. Heredity Heredity is a key determinant of health because genetic f actors predispose individuals to certain diseases. There is little anyone can do about the genetic makeup he or she has already inherited, b ut a healthy lifestyle and health-promoting behaviors can ha ve a signif icant influence on the de velopment and severity of inherited disease in those predisposed to it, as well as on future generations.
Choices involving sophisticated technology, diagnostic methods, interv entions, and pharmaceuticals can be dif ficult and often require physician input. Acting as an advocate, primary care providers can reduce this information gap for patients. S. Health Care System 13 gathering medical information. Pharmaceutical product adv ertising is also having an impact on consumer e xpectations and increasing a wareness of available medications. In a free mark et, patients ha ve information on price and quality for each provider.
2 Systems Framework of health care services (Chapter 4). The nonhuman resources include medical technology (Chapter 5) and health services financing (Chapter 6). Resources are closely intertwined with access to health care. F or instance, in certain rural areas of the United States, access is restricted because of a shortage of certain cate gories of health professionals. Development and dif fusion of technology also determine the caliber of health care to which people may have access. qxd:Shi 2/9/09 12:54 PM Page 23 Systems Framework 23 System Processes The system resources influence the de velopment and change in physical structures, such as hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.
Essentials of the U.S. Health Care System, Second Edition by by Leiyu Shi by Douglas A. Singh