Our health depends on much more than just medical care. Behaviors such as diet, physical activity, and even how fast we drive all have profound effects. So do the environments that expose us to health risks or discourage healthy living, as well as social determinants of health, such as education, income, and poverty.
It’s unfortunate that “health care” has been equated with medical care. Health care isn’t medical care. As this article notes, health is what we give to ourselves and support each other in obtaining in order to avoid medical care and to ensure optimal population health status. Good health care makes for less medical care utilization– a big cost driver as the United States grapples with the growing tab of paying for medical care.
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