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The delivery of modern health care depends on groups of trained professionals and paraprofessionals coming together as interdisciplinary teams. This includes professionals in medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, midwifery and allied health, along with many others such as public health practitioners, community health workers and assistive personnel, who systematically provide personal and population-based preventive, curative and rehabilitative care services. While the definitions of the various types of health care vary depending on the different cultural, political, organizational and disciplinary perspectives, there appears to be some consensus that primary care constitutes the first element of a continuing health care process and may also include the provision of secondary and tertiary levels of care.Health care can be defined as either public or private.
Health care extends beyond the delivery of services to patients, encompassing many related sectors, and is set within a bigger picture of financing and governance structures.
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Born in Keelung, Taiwan, Kao is the eldest in the family, with a sister and a brother. Her parents own a provision store. She studied in the prestigious Taipei First Girls' High School, and proceeded to study law in the National Taiwan University (NTU). She now holds a Master's degree in Cross-Strait relations research from the NTU Graduate Institute of National Development. During her study in NTU, she became the 14th President of the NTU Student Association.
Kao became an assistant of Legislative Yuan member Luo Wen-jia. She later won the 2005 National Assembly election and became the youngest member of the National Assemblyin Republic of China history. In the 2010 local elections, Kao was elected councillor of Taipei City, and was re-elected twice in 2014 and 2018. She was initially nominated by the DPP to run for the 2008 legislative election, representing Taipei City District 6, but was replaced by Luo Wen-jia, after President Chen Shui-bian returned to lead the Democratic Progressive Party as chairman.In 2015, she protested DPP's decision not to nominate any candidate for the Neihu and Nangang district for the 2016 election.
Kao has dated her boyfriend Ma Wen-yu, for more than a decade. Ma is her assistant and was her junior when they were both studying in NTU.