Some primary care providers may also take care of hospitalized patients and deliver babies in a secondary care setting. Contemporary medicine is in general conducted within health care systems. Legal, credentialing and financing frameworks are established by individual governments, augmented on occasion by international organizations, such as churches. The characteristics of any given health care system have significant impact on the way medical care is provided. In general, the context in which an individual lives is of great importance for both his health status and quality of life. It is increasingly recognized that health is maintained and improved not only through the advancement and application of health science, but also through the efforts and intelligent lifestyle choices of the individual and society.
- The universal health coverage improved from a global average of 45 out of 100 in 2000 to 64 in 2015 and then 67 in 2019.