Health­care sys­tem no longer only ‘about car­ing for the sick’

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the edi­to­rial “A sput­ter­ing jobs ma­chine” (March 28, p. 24), I gen­er­ally agree with the com­ments, ex­cept the as­ser­tion near the end that “health­care is about car­ing for the sick.” In­creas­ingly as part of the value propo­si­tion, it is—and should be—about pre­vent­ing or mit­i­gat­ing episodes of acute care as­so­ci­ated with chronic con­di­tions (e.g., asthma, di­a­betes), pro­mot­ing pa­tient well­ness and im­prov­ing pub­lic health. Michael Mun­dorff Salt Lake City

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