Vox July 8, 2021
Dylan Scott

The most promising frontier in US health policy has nothing to do with doctors or hospitals.

Americans are getting a bad deal from their health care system — but the problem starts before anybody ever steps into a doctor’s office or a hospital.

There is an underappreciated contributor to the United States’ comparatively poor health: We underinvest in social services that help people live healthier lives and therefore overspend on medical care relative to other developed countries.

The long-term trends in US health care, as I wrote about earlier this week, tell a clear story: Medical outcomes have gotten better, with measures of life expectancy and disease burden improving over the last 25 years,...

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