Health Disparities

Health disparities refer to the inequalities in access to healthcare and provision of healthcare across different socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic groups. The Health Resources and Services Administration defines health disparities as the population-specific deviations in health outcomes, presence of disease, and access to healthcare. Health disparities is a major public health issue in the United States among Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnic minorities.

According to a number of studies, these groups suffer from a higher incidence of chronic conditions, poorer health outcomes, and higher mortality rates in comparison to white Americans. For example, African Americans are diagnosed with cancer 10 percent more than white Americans. Latinos and African Americans are about twice as likely to suffer from diabetes as are white Americans.

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