Health Care Disparity In Healthcare

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Disparities in healthcare are an all too common issue within America, in lieu of America being one of the most resource rich countries in the world. Considering that many other countries throughout the world provide its citizens with universal healthcare, America has chosen not do so. However, America is one of the only industrialized nations that do not provide universal healthcare to its citizens. This paper will discuss the causes of health care disparities as well as the many initiatives that have been employed to eliminate these disparities. Highlighted are the affects and results of these initiatives in an effort to determine their effectiveness. Lastly, I will provide possible additional measure that should be taken to further the …show more content…
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (2011), “The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States, by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, concludes that “the combined costs of health inequalities and premature death in the United States were $1.24 trillion” between 2003 and 2006” (page, 2). Health disparity is not an issue that only affects the uninsured or the under insured. This is an issue that affects the entire American population because the burdens of healthcare inefficiencies and poor health outcomes are ultimately bore by the American people via increase taxes and higher insurance premiums. “Racial/ethnic minority Americans have lower rates of health insurance than whites largely because they are less likely to have employer-sponsored coverage” (Hoffman & Lillie-Blanton, 2005, page, …show more content…
population; however they make up 52% or 23 million of the uninsured in America (Hoffman & Lillie-Blanton, 2005). Regarding this 23 million of uninsured Americans nearly three-fourths are families living below the established federal poverty level (Hoffman & Lillie-Blanton, 2005). More will be discussed later on results and the costs of health disparities in America. This issue of health disparity is a multi-prong concern and it will most assuredly require that several different initiatives and techniques are used as a change-agent to pave the way for a more accepting and unbiased healthcare system. Additional, the requirement will involve the support and buy-in from providers, payers, government officials and the patient population. Notwithstanding the complex issue of health disparities which includes the multitudes of causes as well as the many initiatives to resolve these disparities, the current attempts to eliminate the causes of health disparities among the minority and marginalized population are showing little to no positive results toward improving the health outcomes of minority patients. These multitudes of causes are none greater than the socioeconomic status of the

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