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The Insurance Gap and Minority Health Care, 1997-2001

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Publication Date: June 2002

Publisher(s): Center for Studying Health System Change

Author(s): J. Lee Hargraves

Series: Tracking Report No. 2

Topic: Health (Health services for minorities)

Type: Report


Gaps in access to medical care among working-age white Americans, African Americans and Latinos failed to improve between 1997 and 2001, despite a booming economy and increased national attention to narrowing and eliminating minority health disparities. African Americans and Latinos continue to have less access to a regular health care provider, see a doctor less often and lag behind whites in seeing specialists, according to recent findings from the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). Ethnic and racial disparities in access among uninsured Americans are much greater than disparities among the insured. Uninsured whites’ greater financial resources may explain why they have fewer problems accessing care. Eliminating disparities in minority health care will be difficult without first eliminating these gaps in minority health insurance.