Determinants of Health and Managed Care

Author: Deborah Keller, COO, RN, BSN, CMCN

While access to care and insurance coverage to pay for health care are important factors in the health of an individual or a population, other social factors and determinants are as, if not more, important in the ability to achieve the best health possible. In the absence of managing social and behavioral risk, medical care alone acts as symptom management for a large portion of the U.S. population, rather than as a cure. Managed care organizations have a unique role in pulling medical care and social care closer together, which is the most common sense approach to controlling healthcare costs and improving the health of our country one person at a time.

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