The business case for health equity largely exists at the highest US health care system level. Where are the incentives (besides, you know, doing the right thing) for hospitals, clinics, providers, and others that hold power in our health care system to change their business practices to reduce health disparities?
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The connection of oral health to overall health is well-established. Unfortunately, the way we have set up our health care system has created a false distinction that separates our physical, oral, and behavioral health.
As I look back on the 2018 legislative session, two big successes stand out to me. First, we moved parts of our policy change agenda forward despite some challenging opposition, and second, we were able to work with legislators across different content areas, moving beyond just those focused on health care issues.
My education, on top of decades of growing up as a white person in a country built by and for white people, led me to have seriously misguided and harmful views about the structural oppression that exists in the US, and I have a lot of work to do to re-educate myself and atone for my complicity in perpetuating it.
By charging per service for health care, there is little incentive to address the root cause of a patient’s condition, or even to actually improve a patient’s health.