Slide 3. The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States

Taking Action to Achieve Health Equity: Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Communities of Color

Slide 3. 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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Internet Citation: Slide 3. The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States: Taking Action to Achieve Health Equity: Implications of the Affordable Care Act for Communities of Color. May 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/nac/2012-04-nac/smedley/smedleyslide3.html