Advocates seek other pathways to lower drug prices


By Rachel Roubein

February 18, 2021

A West Health and Gallup poll released this morning highlights the country’s longstanding health disparities, which the pandemic has further exacerbated.

Here are the key findings: 

  • About 8 percent of Black Americans know someone who has died in the past year because they couldn’t pay for treatment, compared to 6 percent of Hispanic Americans and 4 percent of White Americans.
  • Black and Hispanic Americans are each more likely than White Americans to say they cannot afford quality health care.
  • Meanwhile, more than half of U.S. adults say the cost of health care causes them daily stress, and 70 percent say that paying for treatment is a financial burden.