Racial, Ethnic Divide in U.S. Views of Pandemic, Healthcare
Agreement Across Groups About Some Elements of Healthcare, but Not All
The West Health-Gallup study highlights continued disparities in access to healthcare and in health outcomes in the U.S. Black Americans (8%) are twice as likely as White Americans (4%) to say they know someone who has died in the past year due to an inability to pay for treatment.
At the same time, Americans across racial and ethnic groups agree that healthcare is too expensive and that costs do not match the quality of care. More than 90% of adults among each group say the general cost of care is too high and that they pay too much for the quality of care they receive, and about 70% indicate that healthcare costs are a financial burden for them. Additionally, 51% of U.S. adults overall — including 51% of White, 47% of Black and 56% of Hispanic adults — say the cost of healthcare causes them daily stress.