Preventive Medicine for Pregnant Women and Their Children: At a Crossroads
Author: Chava Palti Policy Research

Preventive medicine is a special branch of medicine that focuses on the health of a specific population in order to preserve and advance its health issues, to prevent disease, disability, and premature death.

In the past this branch has dealt with regulating disease; in the past few decades the challenge has been widened to improving the health and quality of life of populations and to narrowing the health gaps between different populations. Preventive medicine is based on the principle of university service that is reliable and accessible to all.

This work examines the organization and budgeting of services; evaluation of the services and accepted national and international measurements; a brief history of mother and infant services in Israel; recommendations for future planning and improvement of the service.

The paper is available in Hebrew only.

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