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Study Finds Racial Inequalities Cost U.S. Health System Over $50 Billion a Year
Date:9/17/2009

d a lack of access to care," the Secretary added. "Fixing these problems is a big part of why this administration is so committed to passing health insurance reform this year."

Previous studies have established that minority Americans experience poorer than average health outcomes from cradle to grave. People of color are significantly more likely to die as infants, have higher rates of chronic disease and disability, and shorter life spans.

The costs measured in the Joint Center study include those directly associated with providing care to a sicker and more disadvantaged population, as well as indirect costs such as lost productivity, lost wages, absenteeism, use of family leave for avoidable illnesses and lower quality of life. In addition, the study measured the costs of premature death in the form of forgone wages, lost tax revenues, additional services and benefits for the families of the deceased and lower quality of life for survivors.

Copies of the study can be downloaded by going to: www.jointcenter.org

Copies of the health reform bill assessments, with a focus on implications for racial and ethnic minorities, can be accessed by going to: www.jointcenter.org

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