A facility that provides (ambulatory) medical and sanitary services to a specific group in a population.
Ideally, the services should include
- medical and sanitary care (both preventive and health-promoting) for individuals, families, other specific groups and society as a whole
- medical care for patients both within a health center itself and at home
- rehabilitation services together with the social welfare institutions.
World Health Organization. European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. Glossary. 2009.