Dr Harvey Kaufman on Racial Disparities Brought to Light By COVID-19

On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Harvey Kaufman, MD, of Quest Diagnostics, on the latest findings of the Quest Diagnostics Health Trends study.

Findings from the latest Quest Diagnostics Health Trends study, made in collaboration with The Harris Poll, underscore racial disparities in US health care brought to light by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

The online survey, conducted from November 10-12, 2020, found that among over 2000 adult participants, Black and Hispanic/Latinx Americans are nearly 2 times as likely as White Americans to say their access to COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and health care, once available, is worse than other racial/ethnic groups.

To help combat these disparities, Quest Diagnostics launched the Quest for Health Equity Initiative in August 2020. On this episode of Managed Care Cast, we speak with Harvey Kaufman, MD, the senior medical director at Quest Diagnostics about the Health Trends Study results, the organization’s mission to mitigate testing disparities, and the importance of access to preventive services.

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