December 10, 2014 – Progress Still Needed on ‘Race Gap’ in Older Americans’ Health
Older blacks are still faring worse than whites in the United States when it comes to managing heart disease and diabetes, a new study finds.
Researchers found that from 2006 to 2011, black Medicare patients were consistently less likely than whites to have their high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar under control.
But the study, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, also turned up some good news: By 2011, the racial divide in health care seemed to have disappeared in the western area of the United States.
“The disparity between African-American and white patients was eliminated. This offers hope that things can improve nationwide,” said lead researcher Dr. John Ayanian, director of the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.