Carepatron Report Analyzes Health Care Inequalities in Black Neighborhoods

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There is ample evidence to suggest that the black community is significantly disadvantaged in the American healthcare system.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, Aug. 31, 2022 / — Data highlights that the United States has yet to achieve a significant change in access to healthcare, with more than 30 millions of black people unable to receive necessary medical insurance. It has become a systemic struggle for basic health needs in 2022, resulting in an economic burden of more than $35 billion a year, including $200 billion in premature deaths and $10 billion in lost productivity related to disease. The Carepatron report found that access is a major factor in why health care tends to be more expensive in predominantly black neighborhoods than in white communities.

For example, Carepatron found that the patient cost of the last six months of life under Medicare is $7,100 more expensive for blacks, or 20% more than for whites. Conversely, hospitals serving the highest proportion of black patients received a 21.6% lower reimbursement rate than the average, which means an average income $283 lower per patient day than hospitals serving whites.

As a result, corporate healthcare providers are less motivated to work in Black communities, leading to a 60% increase in community care – often insufficient to meet primary care needs. This is evident in studies highlighting the lower quality of care in blacks for higher costs than in predominantly white neighborhoods. For example, more than 400 hospitals in the United States provide older black healthcare solutions, which increases costs over time due to ineffective treatment.

Do specific places face higher healthcare expenditures for the black community?

There are notable states where black neighborhoods may face greater challenges than others, as a recent analysis of Commonwealth Fund data highlights.

The Worst States for Health Care in Black Communities

Oklahoma was ranked as the worst state to receive health care for blacks, with a health score of 6/100 based on health performance, quality, and access to care. Mississippi followed closely at 8/100 and Missouri at 9/100, with those states likely to see higher costs due to medical inefficiency and lack of access. That was at least 60% less than the health care received by whites in the same states.

Best States for Health Care in Black Communities

Rhode Island was the top performer at 80/100, followed by Massachusetts at 70/100 and Maryland at 64/100. These states performed well across all ethnicities, with an average of 10% lower costs, better access, and better quality of care.

This evidence strongly suggests that healthcare expenditures are more likely to be higher in predominantly black communities. Accordingly, health practitioners must be aware of the financial pressure on the black community to provide effective treatment and care at affordable rates.

You can find the full report here

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