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I am writing a paper on different perspectives on government’s role in the provision of health care. I will survey some other religious approaches, and I wanted to include any guidance offered by Islam as well, although I am not sure that there is a comprehensive Islamic position on the way and extent to which government must provide health care (in an Islamic system). Could you describe any knowledge that you have on the topic or refer me to appropriate sources for research?
Your question is not clear. Hence, we cannot give an answer. Please, explain the details of the health care system. Islam will give permission in many cases but we don’t know what you are trying to ask. May be if you clarify we may know what you are saying. In general, helping people, tending the poor and needy, and providing for people who don’t have anything is at the core of the Islamic teachings. So, if the question is related to whether or not the government should help those who can’t afford to have health care then the answer is it should. The government is responsible for the well being of its populace. If it tries to conduct philanthropic services in an attempt to serve the needs of the poor and to remove the difficulties of their lives then this is splendid. The Shariah loves this.

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