The approach in medical science that focuses on the interrelations between health, social stability, and financial well-being of the community is referred to as political-economic. Notably, it lies in investigating the conditions that shape public health and developing appropriate health policies. The latter can vary considerably from one political and/or economic context to another since those contexts are among the most influential contributors to population health.
The fundamental principle of the given approach is considering the number of resources that a certain community can invest in healthcare services as well as the accessibility of those. The given factors determine which policies are the most reasonable in terms of providing a maximum amount of residents with the necessary assistance. Thus, both prevention and therapy of AIDS apparently have different forms in developed and developing countries, depending on how aware the population is and what it can afford.
When choosing information channels, for instance, it is critical to consider the level of literacy, for which reason booklets are less relevant in undereducated societies than topic-specific radio broadcasts. Regarding contraception, it is sufficient to remind the residents of developed countries of the need for its use, while in developing, it may be necessary to spread it free of charge.
The role of the government, in other words, its participation in decisions on health, also is a substantial criterion. For instance, one of the ways to localize HIV is addressing opioid addicts as one of the sources of infection, including providing them with sterile syringes. In some communities, the governments do this, while in others, this is the initiative of volunteers. As a result, further measures for reducing infection rates also differ from location to location.