Systematic inequalities in the U.S. healthcare system were exasperated by COVID-19. Grant Thornton Chief Economist Diane Swonk spoke with Dr. Kathrine Baicker, dean of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers, about the healthcare disparities and how businesses can take steps to address them.
With insurance tied to employment for many Americans, employment/healthcare coverage lost highest in the low-wage jobs dominated by women and people of color. That same population has risked increased exposure to the virus because of disproportionately holding “essential worker” jobs.
In this podcast, Swonk and Dr. Baicker discuss the challenges in varying outcomes based on demographics, delivering healthcare in rural areas, comparing Medicare for all to a single-payor system, and a reading on telehealth effectiveness.
Listen to the full conversation or the individual segments to learn more about meeting the challenges of disparities in healthcare.