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How does one define a healthy nation? Is it a measure of how much money the country spends on health care? If so, the United States spends far more than any other country on health care, a near $2 trillion dollars annually (Levine, 2008). Yet, the United States is only ranked 37 on the World Health Organization's Health Report of nations (Leon, 2003). So perhaps it's a measure of life expectancy or infant mortality rates; each of which fall consistently lower on the health indicator than other industrialized countries (Levine, 2008). According to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics it's a balance of public health measures and government assistance (Joynson, 2007). I will argue the health of a nation relates directly to the access to care available for its citizens.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only