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How do Cultural Values Affect the Overall Quality of a Health System? A Comparison of the Health Outcomes of Two Nations
AuthorSt. John, Lara H.
Community Health Sciences
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Cultural foundations contribute to how individuals perceive and relate to the world around them. A comparative analysis of how the cultural values of the United States and India influence the management and delivery of health care is preceded by a detailed examination of the epistemology of each unique health care system. It establishes the central argument for the need to redefine measures of health and well-being and encourages a more profound discussion of the effects of culture on the health outcomes of a nation. An analysis of the quality of the United States’ and India’s health care systems from a human ecology standpoint follows to the conclusion that the application of the highest medical technology and corresponding expense does not guarantee the best outcomes when compared to the effects of culture.