Minorities Spend Less on Health Care Than Whites

Racial and ethnic disparities emerge in data on medical expenditures

A new analysis of healthcare spending in the United States found stark disparities across racial and ethnic lines in how medical resources are divided.

Non-Hispanic white Americans, who made up 61 percent of the nation's population at the time of the study, accounted for 72 percent of the $2.4 trillion spent in 2016 on ambulatory, inpatient and emergency care; nursing facilities; prescribed pharmaceuticals; and dental care, according to a recent study published in JAMA.

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