Excerpt: Health Disparities Among U.S. African-American and Hispanic Men Cost Economy More Than $450 Billion Over Four Years

Cancer InCytes seeks to highlight the deep intersections amongst social injustice, healthcare injustice, and economic burden on civil governance. This study provides evidence of exactly that…

“Health disparities have a devastating impact on individuals and families, and they also affect society as a whole,” said Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD.”

The direct medical expenditures for African-American men over the four-year period totaled $447.6 billion; and 5.4 percent, or $24.2 billion, were excess costs attributed to health disparities. There were no excess direct costs due to health disparities for the other racial/ethnic groups over the four year period.

Over the four-year period, these factors cost the economy a total of $436.3 billion—lower worker productivity due to illness contributed $28 billion in excess costs, and premature death contributed $408.3 billion.

Reference:
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Medicine: Health Disparities Among U.S. African-American and Hispanic Men Cost Economy More Than $450 Billion Over Four Years. January 22, 2014. Accessed January 22, 2014.
http://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2014/health-disparities-among-us-african-american-and-hispanic-men-cost%20economy-more-than-450-billion-over-four-years

 

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