This analysis is part of The Leonard D. Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy, which is a partnership between the Center for Health Policy at Brookings and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics. The Initiative aims to inform the national health care debate with rigorous, evidence-based analysis leading to practical recommendations using the collaborative strengths of USC and Brookings. In this blog post, the authors argue that the hyperfocus on medical spending and underfocus on social services is the cause of poor health outcomes compared to other countries. Further, the authors argue that many of the high-cost, high-need groups are those who benefit most directly from this rebalancing.
Tags: Addressing social determinants of health , Building the business case , Publicly Available , Role of government