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Opinion: Everyone deserves a holistic, patient-centric health care system

A patient receives a checkup from her nurse practitioner after a checkup at a health center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Source: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

As health care evolves to become more consumer-centric, it’s crucial that providers and care advocates evolve with it. For the first time, we’re seeing a noticeable shift in the way providers care for patients, from providing mostly episodic acute care to being focused more on their patients’ health outcomes and overall well-being. While this is certainly a step in the right direction, I believe that transforming care delivery involves understanding patients more holistically and tailoring care to effectively meet their needs.

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