Health care is a hemisphere-wide concern for Latinos
Health care performance is significantly worse for U.S. Latinos when compared with non-Hispanic white people, while some Latin Americans are also concerned about equitable access to health care in their countries.
The big picture: In nearly every state with a large number of Latinos, the report found that non-Hispanic white people have greater access to health care.
- A lack of health insurance continues to contribute significantly to health disparities among Latinos.
- State uninsured rates are markedly higher for Latinos between the ages of 19 and 64, according to the report.
- An estimated 3 million Latinos face immigration-related barriers to enrollment in subsidized health care plans, such as Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, according to the report.
- While the social spending bill working its way through Congress would expand Medicare in 12 states, the measure contains nothing to address health disparities for undocumented immigrants.
Details: Poverty rates are higher than average in many predominately Black and Latino communities, where the quality of the health care facilities is often lower.
- About 36 percent of Latinos live in states that did not expand Medicaid to low-income adults, a measure that could have yielded significant results in increasing access to health care, per the report.
- Premature death rates are higher for Latinos in several southwestern and mountain states, such as Texas, which opted against Medicaid expansion.
Zoom out: Disparities in access to health care are more pronounced in some Latin American countries, a recent Ipsos poll found.
- About 80% of residents in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina say that many people cannot afford health care.
- More than 60% of people in Chile do not believe their country provides the same standard of care to everyone, according to the poll.
- Over 50% of those polled in Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Chile say the standard of care is unequal depending on income levels.
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