We’re All Created Equal—But Not When It Comes to Health

They’re called “health disparities.” It’s a fancy term that basically means some people get better healthcare, or are healthier to begin with, than others, thanks primarily to differences in economic and social status. For example, if you’re a black or Hispanic person in the U.S. and you head to the emergency room for treatment, you’re less likely than a white person to be given enough medication to control your pain.

And as TakePart reported in our recent series on the extraordinary burden faced by some Americans with cancer, if you are unlucky enough to get cancer and not have health insuranceyou’re twice as likely to die of the disease.

What does this mean? Read more here.

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