How much do social determinants matter to our health?

What Makes us Healthy?

We have an intuitive sense that things like what we eat, how much we exercise, the quality of our water and air, and getting appropriate health care when sick all help us stay healthy. Studies have also shown that our incomes, education, even racial identity is associated with health — so called “social determinants of health.” How much do social determinants matter? How much does the health system improve our health?

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