Our health is impacted by more than having insurance or visiting the doctor. In fact, 80% of the things that keep you healthy happen outside the healthcare system. Access to nutritious food, stable housing, social interaction, and job opportunities have a profound impact on health outcomes.
But our health care system is primarily set up to pay for things like doctor visits, tests, hospital stays, medical procedures and treatment, and prescription drugs. This narrow definition of health care neglects upstream investments in services like food, housing, and social support that could improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs down the road.