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Study of US Health Care Spending by Race and Ethnicity Found White Americans Received 72% in 2016

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White Americans received 72% of all healthcare spending in 2016 despite making up 61% of the population, according to a new study that found major disparities in racial and ethnic health spending, writes Fierce Healthcare.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed details on where some minority groups are getting care. The study found that white, non-Hispanic Americans got 72% of all healthcare spending despite compromising only 61% of the population. African Americans make up 12% of the population and accounted for 11% of healthcare spending. However, the spending was skewed based on how African Americans were getting care. The analysis also showed spending inequity in the types of care that different groups received. For example, white Americans got 15% more spending on outpatient care on average. This suggests that they got more access to routine preventive services than other groups did.

Researchers looked at data from 7.3 million health system visits combined with data from the National Health Interview Survey and spending estimates from the Disease Expenditure project, which found that $2.4 trillion was spent on healthcare in 2016 in the areas of care the study evaluated.

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