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 healthcare.
- Meanwhile, more than half of U.S. adults say the cost of healthcare causes them daily stress, and 70 percent say that paying for treatment is a financial burden.