A Marketplace for Health and Housing to Exchange Money—Has the Time Come?

David Erickson of the San Francisco Federal Reserve has set out a vision that the housing world should pay attention to: a marketplace that values health.

Our current “investments” in health are not working. Despite spending more per person on health services than other nations, the U.S. continues to have worse health outcomes. This seemingly paradoxical relationship between spending and health outcomes has been associated with lack of investment in services and programs that address the social determinants of health, including housing. So how do we set up a marketplace of buyers and sellers of services and products that address social determinants and change the ratios of health investments?