Disparities in Healthcare Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Disparities — whether they are due to race, income, age or other factors — are a serious problem in healthcare. An average of 84,000 deaths occurred in the United States alone due to healthcare disparities, and studies show that racial and ethnic minorities receive lower-quality healthcare than non-minorities, even when insurance status, income, age and severity of conditions are comparable.

This week’s Disease Management Update features one study about disparities that minority children face, while another study deals with disparities in health coverage and cancer diagnoses.

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