Improved Medicare for All Would Save Over 68000 Lives and $450 billion Annually

Improved Medicare for All Would Save Over 68000 Lives and $450 billion Annually “SUMMARY Although health care expenditure per capita is higher in the USA than in any other country, more than 37 million Americans do not have health insurance, and 41 million more have inadequate access to care. Efforts are ongoing to repeal the […]

Continue reading

Equal Access to Healthcare in the U.S. Decreases Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Death Rates

Equal Access to Healthcare in the U.S. Decreases Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Death Rates “Access to health care in the United States hinges on a number of factors, including employment status, geographic location and financial resources. Disparities in access to health care can lead to disparities in health; these disparities often fall along racial and ethnic lines. New research shows that when […]

Continue reading

Veterans Health Administration Coverage Associated with Large Reductions in Medication Nonadherence Among Those with Chronic illness and with Reduced Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities

Veterans Health Administration Coverage Associated with Large Reductions in Medication Nonadherence Among Those with Chronic illness and with Reduced Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities “..High out-of-pocket drug spending worsens adherence and outcomes, especially for patients who are poor, chronically ill, or members of minority groups. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system provides drugs at minimal cost, […]

Continue reading

Maternal Mortality Rate for Black Women 2.5 Times Higher at 48.2 Deaths per 100,000 Live Births vs 19.1 Deaths per 100,000 For White Women

Maternal Mortality Rate for Black Women 2.5 Times Higher at 48.2 Deaths per 100,000 Live Births vs 19.1 Deaths per 100,000 For White Women in U.S. “Abstract Racial disparities in maternal mortality by state, 2013-2017 Elise Parks, MPH, Sarah Milder, MPH and Kristin Shaw, MPH, Arundel Metrics, Incorporated, Saint Paul, MN APHA’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo […]

Continue reading

Despite Worldwide Decrease, U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Increased 26.6% since 2000

Despite Worldwide Decrease, U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Increased 26.6% since 2000 “..Despite the United Nations Millennium Development Goal for a 75% reduction in maternal mortality from 1990–2015 the reported (unadjusted) U.S. maternal mortality rate more than doubled from 2000–2014. As we’ve shown, most of the reported increase in maternal mortality rates from 2000–2014 was due […]

Continue reading

Disparity between Black and White Infant Deaths– 11.4 vs 4.9 per 1000– is Greater Today Than it Was in 1850

Disparity between Black and White Infant Deaths– 11.4 vs 4.9 per 1000– is Greater Today Than it Was in 1850 “CONTEMPORARY MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY These questions acquire pressing urgency in the face of the continuing disparities in the health and survival of Black mothers and children today. Distressingly, although infant death rates overall have […]

Continue reading

18.2% of those 50-64 Avoid Medical Care or Filling Prescriptions Due to Cost

18.2% of those 50-64 Avoid Medical Care or Filling Prescriptions Due to Cost “…Avoidance of Medical Care and Association With Health Insurance Affordability Concerns Approximately 13.2% (95% CI, 11.2%-15.5%) of respondents said that they did not get medical care in the past year because of cost (Table 2). In addition, 11.9% (95% CI, 9.9%-14.1%) reported […]

Continue reading

Households in Lower 1/5 Income Group Pay Average 34% of Income Toward Healthcare While Highest Income Group Pay 16%

Households in Lower 1/5 Income Group Pay Average 34% of Income Toward Healthcare While Highest Income Group Pay 16% “Burden of Health Care Payments Is Greatest Among Americans with the Lowest Incomes Higher-income American households pay the most to finance the nation’s health care system, but the burden of payments as a share of income […]

Continue reading

Unmet Need for Physician Services Has Shown No Improvement Since 1998

Despite Coverage Gains Since 1998, Most Measures of Unmet Need for Physician Services Have Shown No Improvement, and Financial Access to Physician Services has Decreased. “Importance  Improvements in insurance coverage and access to care have resulted from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, a focus on short-term pre- to post-ACA changes may distract attention from longer-term […]

Continue reading