Johns Hopkins

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri February 28, 2014

The Cost of Health Disparities

Credit University of Michigan Health System

Sheilah Kast talks with Hopkins public health researcher Roland Thorpe.

Race can be a major predictor of how healthy you are, and what diseases you’ll get, and how much money you’ll make—or not make—over the course of your life.  A new study from the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that health disparities among African-American and Hispanic men cost the economy more than $450 billion dollars between 2006 and 2009.  Researchers looked at both the direct costs of medical care, as well as the indirect costs such as lower productivity.

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