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Submitted by Helenka on

I agee with the definition. The socialization of health care (as opposed to provision of public health goods like prevention of contagion) means that the taxpayer is on the hook for financing its supply. Reducing the demand for health care by schooling for girls lowers the burden on taxpayers ("the public") and so is a public good in that institutional set-up . That's what I meant - that the public has an interest in reducing the demand for health care, since they have to pay for much of it , and increasingly so under the universal health care agenda. This agenda is now a given...