AcademyHealth: Health care reform may not fix disparities as much as some think

My latest at the AcademyHealth blog:

For decades, many in the United States have been uninsured. For decades, many socioeconomically disadvantaged and racial and ethnic minorities have suffered worse health outcomes because of disparities in US health care. Often, these two groups have significant overlap.

It’s been thought, therefore, that health care reform might improve both of these issues simultaneously. But it’s not been known. A recent study published in the BMJ attempted to use reform in Massachusetts to see if this might be true. “Effect of Massachusetts healthcare reform on racial and ethnic disparities in admissions to hospital for ambulatory care sensitive conditions: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics“:

That’s just the teaser. Go read the whole piece!



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