United States: Issues as deep-rooted as racial and ethnic discrimination are issues that are only partially alleviated in American healthcare, even in the most advanced states, as per the latest study report. 

For instance, California obtained 45 points for the care provided by the health system for Hispanic Americans. The Commonwealth Fund report proposes a numerical scoring system in the range of 0-100 for health care of every category of people living in that state. 

According to the US News reports, that’s far more than Florida’s health system received a 37 for the care it provided to Hispanic Americans living in Florida. However, it was significantly lower than the score of California patients, which was 87. 

The report stated, “offers a comprehensive analysis of the way health care systems are functioning for people in every state, evaluating disparities in health and health care across racial and ethnic groups, both within and between states,” as US News reported. 

SHOCKING: Racial Disparities Persist in US Healthcare, Even in Top States. Credit | Getty Images
SHOCKING: Racial Disparities Persist in US Healthcare, Even in Top States. Credit | Getty Images

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The researchers applied 25 indicators, namely access and quality to health care service use and the current health conditions of race and ethnic groups. 

The investigators concluded that disparities in state health systems even occur in most states that are highly known for their well-performing healthcare settings. 

To start with, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Connecticut seem to exhibit the highest performance in treating all patients suggesting that the states have the relevant frameworks in provision of healthcare for their residents. 

Yet, while the states enjoy good health status, the disease rates were much higher among the minority population than the white population according to the researchers. 

Across the nation, sudden deaths from preventable and curable causes happen at a higher rate with black and American native groups in general, compared to other groups based on this report. 

First of all, the premature death rates from several southwestern and Mountain states presently show higher rates for Hispanics than their northern peers of States, where both groups of populations have similar rates with that of whites. These areas constitute New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming. 

However, an important fact is that a higher number of preventable deaths are reported for both blacks and Whites in the many southern and south-central states, like Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. 

What are the policy goals of researchers? 

In order to create an equitable health system, the author’s report focuses on pursuing four broad policy goals, these are: 

  • Making more affordable, descriptive, and equitable health insurance coverage program to be available for everyone 
  • Improvement in primary care 
  • Reduction of paperwork for patients and health providers 
  • Investment in social services 

The researchers said, “Since disparities and health inequities vary across states, there are also opportunities for state programs to tailor interventions that address communities’ unique needs,” as the US News reported. 

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