Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does healthcare

It's not rocket science to see that an individual's access to a supermarket stocked with a wide array of healthy food directly relates to his or her health. What about transportation? If the nearest farmer's market or full-size food store is an hour-long bus ride away? How does that factor into healthcare?

This is the "everything" view of healthcare, where your wages and your proximity to a park matter just as much as your cholesterol levels or when you got your last checkup. Our society is so complex that two seemingly unrelated factors can have everything to do with one another. It is also a view that we are neglecting too often. These are things we call the "social determinants" of health, and they are far more vital than many realize.

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