Using the term “Zip-code risk” clarifies the discussion with lawmakers around social determinants of health, says Joseph W. Thompson, former Arkansas surgeon general, as he addressed a group of business and health leaders. It’s also helpful to put the discussion in terms of overall cost, which is naturally at the center of most health care policy decisions. As costs rise, interest in getting at the factors contributing to poor health is growing.
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