African Americans pay more for health disparities as they spend $54.9 billion out of $82.2 billion for health care costs and lost productivity, according to a report released by the National Urban League Policy Institute and underwritten by Walgreens Corp.   

Because of health disparities, health care costs have grown $59.9 billion, and African-Americans are subject to the majority of this price tag at $45.3 billion, the report finds. The highest health care costs are found in African-Americans in urban areas in the South and Midwest. Meanwhile, health disparities for Hispanics are highest in the West at $5.3 billion and Northeast at $4.3 billion.

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