Thursday, August 04, 2022

Healthcare - US Style

 From 1970 to 2018  Black infant mortality rates were 2.5 times that of White. Here's another statistic: Black children are seven to ten times more likely to die of asthma than white children. 

Baltimore in 2016, was all too representative of Black America's experience:

  • If you're born in Baltimore's poorest neighborhood, your life expectancy is almost 20 years shorter than if you're born in its richest neighborhood.

  • 15 Baltimore neighborhoods have lower life expectancies than North Korea. Two of them have higher infant mortality than Palestine's West Bank.

  • Baltimore teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 face poorer health conditions and a worse economic outlook than those in economically distressed cities in Nigeria, India, China, and South Africa, according to a 2015 report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

since the arrival of Covid-19, age-adjusted statistics show that Black Americans have been especially hard hit, with death rates that are approximately 67% higher than those of Whites and approximately 2.2 times higher than those of the group with the lowest adjusted death rates (Asian Americans).

White Americans suffering suicide, opioid addictions and alcoholism with lower-income White American men contributing to the USA's declining life expectancy in what is called 'Deaths of Despair'. In 2020, nearly 46,000 people in the United States killed themselves. White men, who make up 30 percent of the population, committed 70 percent of the suicides.

 People are billed, no matter what happens. One study found that the average cost of treating accidents in the United States with fatal outcomes is $6,880 if the patient dies in the emergency room and $41,570 if they die in the hospital.

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