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Health Insurance Only Partial Solution to Racial Health Disparities

Health Insurance Only Partial Solution to Racial Health Disparities
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The approval of national health care reform is only one step toward narrowing the racial health disparities in our nation. While more non-Whites than Whites are in need of health coverage, and several provisions in the Reconciliation Bill may address some remaining issues, it is important to realize that broader health coverage does not automatically mean more equitable health care or more equal health outcomes. Insurance will not necessarily bring primary care and other medical resources to medically underserved areas, and there are existing racial disparities in the quality of care.