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Widening the circle of care: adding legal and financial experts to health care teams

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Image courtesy of Healthy Debate

There is a growing movement within health care to treat – or even prevent – health problems with social, rather than medical, interventions.

At a population level, social conditions such as employment, income, housing, education, and access to nutritious food have a larger impact on health than someone’s genetics, lifestyle choices or access to health care services.

While these social conditions extend well beyond the walls of hospitals and doctors’ offices, the health care system has made some efforts to address them by introducing social workers, lawyers and financial experts into health care teams.

By embedding these non-health professions as members of health care teams, organizations hope to improve access to these social services and ultimately, to improve the health of their patients.

Read the full article on Healthy Debate »

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