Redefining Health: The Evolution of Health Ideas from Antiquity to the Era of Value-Based Care

Abstract

The current healthcare system in the United States (US) is characterized by high costs and poor patient outcomes. A value-based healthcare system, centered on providing the highest quality of care for the lowest cost, is the country's chosen solution for its healthcare crisis. As the US transitions to a value-based model, a new definition of health is necessary to clearly define what constitutes a healthy state. However, such a definition is impossible to develop without a proper understanding of what "health" actually means. To truly understand its meaning, one must have a thorough historical understanding of the changes in the concept of health and how it has evolved to reflect the beliefs and scientific understanding of each time period. Thus, this review summarizes the changes in the definition of health over time in order to provide a context for the definition needed today. We then propose a new definition of health that is specifically tailored to providers working in the era of value-based care.

DOI: 10.7759/cureus.1018

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@inproceedings{Badash2017RedefiningHT, title={Redefining Health: The Evolution of Health Ideas from Antiquity to the Era of Value-Based Care}, author={Ido Badash and Nicole P Kleinman and Stephanie Barr and Julie K. Jang and Suraiya Rahman and Brian W. Wu}, booktitle={Cureus}, year={2017} }