Butler, S.M., Matthew, D.B, & Cabello, M. (2017, February 15). Re-balancing medical and social spending to promote health: Increasing state flexibility to improve health through housing [Web log post].

Year: 2017


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.

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