Ezra Klein on defining health care


Part of the reason our health care is so expensive is that we tend to think health is the sort of thing that happens inside a doctor’s office. But it’s not. It happens when you breathe the air outside, when you decide whether to walk or drive, when you figure out how many friends you have, when you choose what to eat for dinner. What happens in the hospital is not health care, it’s disease response. It’s what happens when something has gone wrong in the other spheres of your life that make up your health. And the cheapest health reform of all would be the one that keeps us out of the health care system entirely.

Damn skippy.  And this is incredibly important from a public policy standpoint – it could redefine how policy folks envision policy itself.

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