Health is More Than Health Care


January 21, 2020
by J. Nadine Gracia MD, MSCE and Karen DeSalvo MD MPH MSc
Annals of Internal Medicine

Improving the public’s health requires more than access to high-quality, affordable health care. Achieving health equity will require attention to social determinants of health, including important underlying barriers to health and well-being, such as racism and poverty. The American College of Physicians’ (ACP) vision for a better U.S. health care system includes an important call to action for medicine to do just that—shift toward a more comprehensive approach to addressing health drivers of our patients and communities. (1)

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