Four COVID-19 Lessons for Achieving Health Equity

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has underscored the deep inequities in our health care system. The disproportionately high levels of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths among non-White racial groups reflect poorer underlying health, housing, and job conditions among these minority groups, as well as an inequitable distribution of health resources and persistent gaps in insurance coverage.

The basic disparities in coverage and resource allocations obviously need to be addressed to achieve a more equitable health system in the US. But COVID-19 also has provided many other lessons about our health system that need to be taken to heart. Even with a rebalancing of spending, it is essential to respond to such lessons to create a more equitable and effective system. Consider just 4.

Lesson 1: Provide Health Services Where People Are

Lesson 2: Focus on Improving Interracial Communication

Lesson 3: Strengthen the Caregiving Workforce for Older Adults

Lesson 4: Say Goodbye to Employer-Sponsored Insurance

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