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Although racial inequities in health care narrowed after the Civil Rights movement and passage of Medicare and Medicaid, the gap has begun to widen again in recent years.

“The white-Black gap in expenditures is at an all-time high, as measured by inflation-adjusted dollars, and both absolute and relative disparities in ambulatory care visit rates are larger today than in 1963,” according to a study reported in JAMA Open Network. “Now as in the past, Black people in the United States experience a greater burden of ill health, suggesting that care is distributed inversely to need.”

Also: How racial disparities affect perceptions of the health care system

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