Why do health and health care disparities matter?

Health and health care disparities refer to differences in health and health care between populations. Disparities in health and health care are related, but not synonymous, concepts. A health disparity refers to a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality experienced by one group relative to another. A health care disparity typically refers to differences between groups in health insurance coverage, access to and use of care, and quality of care. Health and health care disparities often refer to differences that cannot be explained by variations in health needs, patient preferences, or treatment recommendations. Health inequality and inequity also are used to refer to disparities. Why do health and health care disparities matter? What health or health care disparities have we not yet discussed that you want to explore further?

Resources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6037500/
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4344691/
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