However, high health costs or an extended health infrastructure do not necessarily indicate a high level of public health. They may actually just measure the overall wealth of a country. In fact, high health costs could be indicative of widespread chronical diseases, such as excessive obesity, diabetes, or heart disease. Countries with widespread infectious diseases, such as Malaria or HIV/AIDS might also have relatively high per-capita health costs. One might even argue that lower per-capita health costs indicate better overall public health.
It is therefore necessary to identify indicators that actually measure public health - as opposed to indicators that just measure a country's resources for dealing with sick people.The following indicators seem to be more directly linked to the actual health status of a population than the more traditional public health measures, such as healthy life expectancy.
Dimensions of health
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