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March 14, 2007

Health Disparities and Access to Health

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, Arlington, Va.

JAMA. 2007;297(10):1118-1121. doi:10.1001/jama.297.10.1118

Racial and ethnic minorities—populations who are more likely to be poor, have lower educational levels, or both—are fundamentally at greater risk of ill health than their nonminority, nonpoor, better educated peers.1 Multiple factors, both within and outside the health care delivery system, probably explain these disparities. Health care and social factors associated with such disparities relate directly to access to care, and access to care is important because it is believed to lead to better health.

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