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The Cost of Health Disparities

University of Michigan Health System

Race can be a major predictor of how healthy you are, and what diseases you’ll get, and how much money you’ll make—or not make—over the course of your life.  A new study from the Bloomberg School of Public Health found that health disparities among African-American and Hispanic men cost the economy more than $450 billion dollars between 2006 and 2009.  Researchers looked at both the direct costs of medical care, as well as the indirect costs such as lower productivity.

Sheilah talks with Roland Thorpe, Jr., the lead author of the study.  He’s an assistant professor at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  He also works with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.  The study was published in the International Journal of Men's Health.   


Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.