Tuesday, December 21, 2004
The Washington Post has an article today that discussses a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health which emphasizes the need for better access to basic medical care for minority Americans. The Post article details the rather shocking statistic that "[m]ore than 886,000 deaths could have been prevented from 1991 to 2000 if African Americans had received the same care as whites."
According to the study, it is not only that many African Americans lack access to health care but also that factors such as education, enivornment and income play an important role in preventing disease and death. The authors of the study stated that the challenge facing the U.S. health system is to provide the same quality health care to everyone, despite these factors.