Monday, July 30, 2012
Yesterday's New York Times Sunday Magazine provided a profound reminder about the disparities in health and health care in the U.S. While many Americans may have access to the best health care in the world, that is not the case for the rural poor in Mississippi. And giving them access to care is only a small part of the solution. The health care system does little to address the causes of illness that bring the rural poor to the hospital.
There are many troubling pieces of data in the article by Suzy Hansen. For example, a "Mississippi black man’s life expectancy is lower than the average American’s life expectancy was in 1960." And she cites one of the most important deficiencies in the U.S.: "American health care is not preventive, and it’s not a system."