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Health care

The major relationship in health care is practitioner/patient; however, there are many different practitioner roles (e.g. doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists). Unlike buyers and sellers, practitioners and patients can pursue health care without the other. Examples would be a medical researcher who works in a laboratory rather than with patients, and a layman applying ice to his head for a self-diagnosed concussion. The last example is not uncommon: would-be patients having no choice but to try and heal themselves without the benefit of a professional practitioner. This is not only the case in poor countries where there are no doctors, but also wealthy countries that do not ensure their citizens’ health care.

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