- November 28th 2011
Despite slow but steady improvements in the quality of health care nationwide, closing disparities in care for minorities and low-income residents continues to be a challenge, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Overall, there were improvements in about two-thirds of 179 health care quality measures tracked by the federal government in the AHRQ's 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. But only 30% of 22 measures of access to care showed improvement, while 30% remained stagnant and 40% showed declines.
"Every American should have access to high-quality, appropriate and safe health care," said AHRQ Director Carolyn M. Clancy, MD. "We need to increase our efforts to achieve that goal because our slow progress is not acceptable."
The reports, released June 1, show that blacks had worse access to care than whites for one-third of six core measures, such as having a usual primary care physician and insurance coverage. Hispanics had worse a [Read more]