In Iceland, the Minister of Health and Social Security is ultimately responsible for the administration of health services. The health care system is universal, comprehensive and mostly financed by general taxation. The most frequent cause of death in Iceland is cardiovascular diseases. At the 2013 World Health Assembly, the Icelandic delegation identified ageing, noncommunicable diseases, the health impact of climate change, and emergency preparedness as focus areas.
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