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Socio-Economic Disparities in American Healthcare Spending: The Role of Public vs Private Insurance


An equitable healthcare system, where each patient receives equal treatment regardless of socio-economic status is an important public policy goal. A key question is whether market-based reforms aimed at increasing efficiency have had adverse consequences for equity. CEPAR researchers Dr Elena Capatina, Professor Michael Keane and Associate Professor Shiko Maruyama conducted a study of equity in the United States, comparing the private and public systems, and discuss the results in this article.