Among the uninsured, Latinos and African-Americans have a harder time getting care than whites, and a key factor in the difference is income level, according to the Center for Studying Health System Change, Washington. In a national survey of 33,000 families, about 31% of Latinos and 36% of African-Americans without health insurance said they had a regular provider in 2001, compared with 51% of uninsured whites. Among the insured, gaps in access to care persisted but were narrower: The percentage of insured respondents that reported having a regular healthcare provider in 2001 rose to 66.8% among Latinos, 70.8% among African-Americans and 78.1% among whites. Uninsured white people tended to earn significantly more than other uninsured people -- more than half of uninsured whites had incomes above 200% of the poverty level compared with one-quarter of Latinos and one-third of African-Americans. Click here to obtain the report online. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Access to care varies by race among uninsured
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