We may want to quit seeing health care and social supports as alternatives and instead see them as complements. Allowing health care expenditures to crowd out upstream investments in health has proven imprudent policy.
There are many problems our nation's veterans face as a result of serving our country that we must be prepared to treat when they return home. But homelessness should not be one of them; it is something that should never happen in the first place.
We cannot ask health care providers to address all the factors that make people sick, nor is there a fix to every source of stress. But we can recognize the broader impact of illness on a person's life and the outside factors that interfere with their medical care and recovery.
Until we have clarity about how our future health care system will operate, pessimism will abound in the medical profession. My hope is that we can provide future doctors with a voice to enter the debate.