Conceptually, the healthcare sector understands that wellbeing requires more than a single point-in-time treatment. Yet, taking a holistic view of a person’s health simply hasn’t been the norm in the United States.
The side effects of traditional approaches to care suggest that the system isn’t working. Healthcare costs continue to rise, the opioid crisis isn’t going away and there’s no clear data that Americans are getting healthier.
These are thorny problems to be sure, but whole person service could be the solution. Whole person service focuses broadly on an individual’s physical, mental and socioeconomic wellbeing. It also takes the long view – addressing a person’s immediate needs, as well as the longer-term actions that will lead to greater self-sufficiency.