Working-age blacks and Hispanics in the U.S. are uninsured at 1.5 times and three times greater rates, respectively, than working-age whites, and uninsured blacks suffer higher rates of medical debt than uninsured among other races, according to a Commonwealth Fund issue brief. In addition, blacks and Hispanics are 2.4 times to five times more likely to experience potentially preventable hospitalizations for diabetes, diabetes-related lower-extremity amputations and hypertension, according to a new statistical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Some 62%, or an estimated 15 million, working-age Hispanics were uninsured at some point during 2005, according to the Commonwealth Fund. One-third, or 6 million, working-age blacks were uninsured at least part of the year, compared with 20% of working-age whites. The estimates were based on a 2005 survey of about 3,100 adults. Uninsured Hispanics are particularly disconnected from the healthcare system, according to the issue brief; about 27% with health problems had not visited a doctor in the past year.
Blacks, Hispanics much more likely to lack insurance
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