Medical Health concept The nation has not made much practice in improving health equity, despite the strides made in treatment and technology over 25 years. (Image: Chris Nicholls/ALM)

The United States has seen a worrisome lack of progress in health equity over the last 25 years, according to a new study from the Journal of American Medical Association.

The report’s authors note that health equity—the concept that all Americans should have the same opportunity to be as healthy as possible, regardless of factors such as personal wealth or ethnicity—is often stated as a major public policy priority. For example, it is one of four major goals of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy 2020 initiative. Despite that, there have been few measurements of progress toward the goal of health equity.

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