COVID-19 Hospital Funding Helped to Alleviate Some Racial Disparities But Not Others

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The pandemic has highlighted racial disparities, with rates of severe illness and death resulting from COVID-19 disproportionately higher among people of color. A recent Health Affairs study explored how federal COVID-19 hospital funding was being distributed to determine whether inequities were being addressed. The study found that hospitals serving a higher share of Black patients received increased funding. However, hospitals with a higher share of Hispanic patients received less funding. The researchers elaborated that a variety of factors likely contributed to this unequal distribution including differences in population insurance coverage, timing of COVID-19 surges, and challenges to the formulas used to calculate hospital relief funding distributionsThe complete study can be read here.  

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