Fierce Health IT January 17, 2020
Garth Graham, M.D., Aetna Foundation, Andrew Hiles

There’s a business case for employers to address the social determinants.

Today, more than 160 million Americans participate in an employer-sponsored health benefits plan. However, due to the rising cost of health care services, even those with employer-sponsored plans are regularly faced with unaffordable point-of-care expenses.

In addition to affordability, many workers face social barriers outside of the health plan that impact their ability to interact with the medical system in the most efficient and effective manner.

We refer to this issue as a broader view of social determinants of health (SDOH) impacting working Americans—daily factors within and outside a clinical setting that may affect a person’s health and interactions with the medical system. Elements of this view of SDOH...