The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States
- Between 2003 and 2006, 30.6% of direct medical care expenditures for African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics were excess costs due to health inequalities.
- Eliminating health inequalities for minorities would have reduced direct medical care expenditures by $229.4 billion for the years 2003-2006.
- Between 2003 and 2006 the combined costs of health inequalities and premature death were $1.24 trillion.
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