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The Economic Burden of Health Inequalities in the United States
Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D
Darrel J. Gaskin, Ph.D
Patrick Richard, Ph.D
September 2009

This study, commissioned by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and carried out by leading researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, provides important insight into how much of a financial burden racial disparities are putting on our health care system and society at large. The researchers examined the direct costs associated with the provision of care to a sicker and more disadvantaged population, as well as the indirect costs of health inequities such as lost productivity, lost wages, absenteeism, family leave, and premature death.


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