How deductibles contribute to health care inequity and discrimination
Systemic bias and lack of access to care are not the only factors preventing minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups from realizing health equity.
By Ashok Subramanian|October 07, 2020 at 10:08 AM
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COVID-19 has forced our society to confront a number of uncomfortable truths, including the fact that minorities who contract the coronavirus are far more likely to die than white Americans. There are many factors that lead to unacceptable health care outcomes like the coronavirus death rate disparity, including the fact that people of color are less likely to be insured, that doctors treat and manage pain experienced by people of color differently, and that people of color are less likely to have reliable access to high-quality care in their neighborhoods.
Unfortunately, systemic bias and lack of access to care are not the only factors preventing minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups from realizing health equity. Some barriers include the fact that socioeconomically disadvantaged groups often delay or avoid care because they work jobs that don’t offer sick leave or they miss medical appointments because of family obligations.
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