How do we reduce disparities in healthcare?

Ben Carson • FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Ben Carson of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine discusses some of the basic societal issues and how they relate to healthcare. Carson makes the observation that health is one of the most basic and urgent human needs, yet enormous disparities in healthcare exist across the population. The largest disparities in society, according to Carson, are economic. Ability to pay, more than any other factor, influences how well patients are treated. Therefore, according to Carson, before we address any perceived disparities in healthcare, we should address the more fundamental socio-economic challenges. Carson notes that as the shortage of primary care physicians worsens, concierge care will solve access problems for the wealthy members of society but exacerbate access problems for others.

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