Past research has found a consistent pattern of racial inequality in American health care. Now, new research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital finds an island of racial equality — among patients in the military health care system.
Why doesn’t the United States have universal health care? The answer has everything to do with race
Jeneen Interlandi, The New York Times Magazine, August 14
One hundred and fifty years after the freed people of the South first petitioned the government for basic medical care, the United States remains the only high-income country in the world where such care is not guaranteed to every citizen. In the United States, racial health disparities have proved as foundational as democracy itself. “There has never been any period in American history where the health of blacks was equal to that of whites,” Evelynn Hammonds, a historian of science at Harvard University, says. “Disparity is built into the system.” Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act have helped shrink those disparities. But no federal health policy yet has eradicated them.
Coordinating care of mind and body might help Medicaid save money and lives
Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio, August 9
Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But often patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. Coordinating mental and physical health care presents business challenges because, typically, two different entities pay the bills, even within Medicaid programs. That’s why TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program, started offering incentives to mental health providers who also guide patients in care related to their physical health.