Despite the ACA, Healthcare Disparities Remain

Despite ongoing efforts to close the healthcare gap among low-income individuals, racial and socioeconomic disparities persist, according to a recent study.

Despite ongoing efforts to close the healthcare gap among low-income individuals, racial and socioeconomic disparities persist, according to a recent study.

Published in the journal BMJ, researchers evaluated preventable hospital admissions in light of the complexities of reaching healthcare equity. The study notes that income disparities continue even with near universal health coverage access.

An editorial by Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, found that while the Affordable Care Act is a significant step toward closing healthcare gaps, it may not be enough. Dr Chin said a number of interventions need to be implemented with healthcare reform to achieve health equity.

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