Thursday, December 18, 2008

Health Care Reform: The Seven Determinants of Health Care

Earlier in the year, we spent some time in Canada, learning about their socialized health care system. They provide insurance to cover basic health care for all registered Canadians, which includes not only hospital and primary care, but all of the seven determinants of health.

These determinants include:
1. Primary outpatient locations
2. Schools
3. After school programs for working parents
4. Appropriate housing
5. Appropriate nutrition
6. Appropriate psychological and psychiatric services
7. Hospitals/acute care

While it is true that Canada’s health care system is not perfect, I believe they have the right idea where the seven determinants of health are concerned. If health care reform in the U.S. is to be successful, we have to address all the issues that affect overall health, not just hospitals/primary care.

You can read more about Canada and the seven determinants of health here.

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