U.S. Minority Health: A Chartbook, Karen Scott Collins, Allyson Hall, and Charlotte Neuhaus, The Commonwealth Fund, May 1999
During the last 50 years, the health of the U.S. population has improved substantially. Mortality and morbidity rates are declining while life expectancy has increased. Although minority populations are experiencing some of these improvements, they still continue to lag behind the white population on many important indicators. Despite the overwhelming sophistication of our health care system, minority Americans—especially those who are economically disadvantaged—often do not fully benefit from what it can offer.