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Health care is provided by both private sector and public sector.  Health care facilities are largely owned and operated by the private sector.  Health insurance is primarily provided by the private sector, with the exception of programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Veterans Health Administration.

Health care system is mainly owned by private setor, although federal, state, county, and city governments also own certain facilities.. The federal Department of Defense operates field hospitals as well as permanent hospitals (the Military Health System), to provide military-funded care to active military personnel.  The federal Veterans Health Administration operates VA hospitals open only to veterans, although veterans who seek medical care for conditions not related to their service are charged.. The Indian Health Service operates facilities open only to Native Americans from recognized tribes.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is the federal executive department responsible for overseeing healthcare legislation .  The agencies of the Public Health Service are the Health Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, the Agency of Health Care Research and the Agency Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

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