by Rodrigo Monterrey, McCormack MPA Student
Most Americans agree, regardless of their views on Obamacare, that good health is critical to their well-being. A Gallup poll shows an overwhelming majority of people in the United States (84%), when asked how important healthcare is, responded “very” or “extremely”.
But health and healthcare are two different things. Having healthcare does not mean you will not get sick—and not having it does not mean you will. In fact, while the United States spends more per capita on healthcare than any other nation, our health rankings keep slipping downward – currently 38th in World Health Organization (WHO) findings. Could our efforts, in some way, be making things worse?
Genetics, biology—these only explain individual health risk factors. It is the reason doctors ask about a family history to know what to monitor. However, they do not explain the disparities in health we see between entire segments of the U.S. population. Continue Reading →