Hospitals, Collaboration, and Community Health Improvement

Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 43 (S1):56-59 (2015)
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Abstract

Medical care in the United States traditionally has focused on the treatment of disease rather than on its prevention. Heart disease, cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic diseases are the primary drivers of American health care costs; compared to other high-income countries, U.S. health indices are lowest and costs are highest.A “triple aim” — “improving the individual experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations” — has gained traction, as the social determinants of health are recognized as having significant effects on health outcomes.

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