For Selected Services, Blacks And Hispanics More Likely To Receive Low-Value Care Than Whites

Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Jun 1;36(6):1065-1069. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.1416.


US minority populations receive fewer effective health services than whites. Using Medicare administrative data for 2006-11, we found no consistent, corresponding protection against the receipt of ineffective health services. Compared with whites, blacks and Hispanics were often more likely to receive the low-value services studied.

Keywords: Disparities; Health Reform; Medicare; Minority Health; Quality Of Care.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Black or African American / statistics & numerical data*
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medicare
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • United States
  • White People / statistics & numerical data*