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Health disparities cost African Americans $45.3 billion annually


A recent report by the National Urban League Policy Institute found that African Americans continue to pay a disproportionate price for health disparities, spending $54.9 billion of the total $82.2 billion for the U.S. in healthcare costs and lost productivity. The report, “The State of Urban Health: Eliminating Health Disparities to Save Lives and Cut Costs,” examined the economic impact of health disparities in the U.S. using two measures: 1) direct medical costs and 2) the indirect cost due to lower labor market productivity. According to the report:

Health disparities in the U.S. resulted in $59.9 billion in increased healthcare costs, with African Americans bearing most of this cost with $45.3 billion. African Americans living in urban areas in the South and Midwest saw the highest healthcare costs. For Hispanics, the costs of health disparities were largest in the West ($5.3 billion) and Northeast ($4.3 billion). Continue Reading →

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