Race and population level health statistics – ctd.

From yesterday’s NYT, a letter from Paula Braveman (emphasis mine):

As a member of the panel that produced the report, I hope that wide awareness of these disturbing findings will lead to reflection and public debate about what we as a nation need to do to turn this dismal situation around.

I also wish to add a point not noted in the article: that the United States’ “health disadvantage” is seen even when examining whites and high-income people alone. Minorities and the poor do have worse health and shorter lives, but our panel concluded that the problems producing the American health disadvantage affect all Americans adversely.

Perhaps awareness of that will amplify the political will to address the issues.

This pretty much just echoes what I said yesterday. Maybe those emails and comments will stop now…


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