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Goals represent the final sought impact of HS measures. Their attainment is not dependent on the HS only, hence its place in the framework partly outside the HS. Social, economic and other determinants of health have a major impact, especially on health outcomes and on well-being and satisfaction of people in general. Social and financial protection is also influenced by the wider institutional arrangements in and the organisation of society.

The goals for a health system have been described by the WHO in 2000 as: improved health, social and financial protection, and responsiveness to the expectations of the population. The term responsiveness is the most debated term. In our vision, the core function of the health system, in order to contribute to the above goals, is to organise health services, of good quality and with universal access.