CommonHealth: Redefining Health Care As We Know It
There’s a movement afoot in health care. A trio of health care innovators — Rebecca Onie of Health Leads, Paul Farmer of Partners in Health, and Heidi Behforouz of Prevention And Access To Care And Treatment — are challenging us to redefine our idea of what health care actually encompasses, where it takes place, and who provides it.
In their new article, “Realigning Health with Care,” they argue that our health care system needs to expand beyond clinical medicine and include meeting patients basic social needs — and that could include “prescribing” food, heating, and housing assistance. They also argue that care needs to move from the clinic to the community, and a team of health care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, community health workers) should all share the tasks of delivering care.
WBUR’s Rachel Zimmerman highlighted the key points of this ambitious proposal in her CommonHealth post, “What The Rich U.S. Health Care System Can Learn From The Poor.”
- Rebecca Onie, co-founder and CEO of Health Leads
- Rachel Zimmerman, co-host of WBUR’s Commonhealth blog
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