Overall health system

Potentially preventable deaths refers to deaths from conditions that are considered avoidable, given timely and effective health care, including disease prevention and population health initiatives. Avoidable deaths are one measure of the quality, effectiveness and accessibility of the health system. It should be noted, however, that deaths from most conditions are also influenced by factors other than access to health system services, including the underlying prevalence of conditions in the community, environmental and social factors, and health risk factors.

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