Across policy and practice, health care appetites are changing. As reimbursement models shift from volume (of procedures) to value (of health outcomes), providers are expanding their menu of services to initiate broader and earlier interventions for health, to lower costs and to reach across populations.
Health and well-being are valuable societal objectives, and have consequences for our country’s bottom line. Healthy individuals report experiencing a greater quality of life, and a healthy population contributes to higher rates of economic growth. Health equity matters, too. Income and wealth disparities between and among demographic groups result in poorer health outcomes and exert negative effects on individual productivity and on national economic growth and sustainability.