A study was released earlier this month that detailed some fascinating data about healthcare with regards to race. The study was done over a nine-year period with over 3 million patients in Veterans Affairs. The long posited theory has been that if all races were given the same access to healthcare that they would generally be equally healthy. However, this study showed something different.
Over a nine-year period, researchers found that the adjusted mortality rate of African Americans was 24% lower than that of whites, according to a study published this month in the journal Circulation.
There were some other really fascinating stats as well with regards to kidney disease.
That idea is not new. Among patients with kidney disease, blacks survive longer than whites — a well-known exception to the overall pattern. Kidney care also happens to be an area of medicine without large racial disparities, since the U.S. government has long covered dialysis for anybody who needs it.
It really just goes to show how important access to healthcare is with regard to life expectancy and how those numbers will change moving forward as the country seeks to offer more access to healthcare moving forward. Read the whole article here.