Sunday, July 20, 2008

Beyond Sicko

Marty Kaplan has a HuffingtonPost article that claims that the reason we are not healthy as a nation isn't that we don't cover everyone with health care and isn't that we waste our health care dollars on insurance company efforts to avoid paying for care. He says it's a result of
the social determinants of our physical condition. Determinants like income, class, education, racism, the availability of public transportation, land-use policy, environmental policy, participation in the political process and a host of other factors that don't depend on our genetic makeup or our propensity to take personal responsibility for diet and exercise. Determinants that flow not from luck or individual choices, but from laws, regulations and priorities set at all levels of government and in the private sector as well."
Unfortunately, he didn't cite a source for that claim. I left a comment asking for one.

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