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Woman waiting in doctor's office Notably, 53% of all employees feel at least some degree of stigma around receiving physical care, and 61% noted some degree of stigma around mental health care. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Employees of large U.S. companies — even those earning high salaries — face health care disparities, while women of color and LGBTQ+ employees face a higher share of unmet basic needs. Those are two key findings from first-of-its-kind research by management consulting firm McKinsey & Company that explored how employers across multiple industries can meet unmet needs and bolster health equity among employees.

“Health equity in the workplace means that all employees have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible,” write the study’s authors in a 10-page report. “Large employers have long offered employer-sponsored health insurance, but now many are asking what more they can do to help employees access the healthcare and other benefits they need.”

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