Health disparities are nothing new, but COVID helped bring them into sharper focus.
“[N]arrowing health disparities is key to improving our nation’s overall health and reducing unnecessary healthcare costs,” wrote the authors of a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) brief that discusses healthcare disparities, how COVID-19 has affected them, and current federal efforts to advance health equity.
The issue is also a top concern for the AMA, which wrote “Recent studies have shown that despite the improvements in the overall health of the country, racial and ethnic minorities experience a lower quality of health care—they are less likely to receive routine medical care and face higher rates of morbidity and mortality than nonminorities.”
With systemic solutions lacking thus far, the AMA is encouraging doctors to examine their own practices to ensure equality in medical care.
Let’s take a closer look at healthcare disparities and what can be done.
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