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

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

The report's authors note that health equity—the concept that all Americansshould have the same opportunity to be as healthy as possible,regardless of factors such as personal wealth or ethnicity—is oftenstated as a major public policy priority. For example, it is one offour major goals of the U.S. Department of Health and HumanServices' Healthy 2020 initiative. Despite that, there have beenfew measurements of progress toward the goal of health equity.

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