We have been happy to see that Chelsea’s newly-elected State Consultant, Judith Garcia, introduced final week that she has co-sponsored An Act to Advance Well being Fairness, a invoice that goals to shut the hole in healthcare by prioritizing fairness in state authorities, regulating knowledge reporting on well being fairness, and bettering entry to and the standard of healthcare for historically-disadvantaged communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic introduced into stark distinction the disparity in outcomes between these in our society who’ve good well being care choices vs. those that don’t. The COVID-19 loss of life charges in poorer communities far exceeded these in wealthier communities (which is typical for nearly each illness and sickness identified to man).
Based mostly on an information evaluation of greater than 3,000 counties throughout the US, Individuals in poorer counties died at nearly twice the speed of these in wealthier counties initially of the pandemic. That dichotomy turned much more pronounced within the later waves of the pandemic, when loss of life charges in economically-disadvantaged counties have been three and 4 instances the charges of more-affluent counties.
However these of us who’re lucky sufficient to have entry to healthcare shouldn’t be deluded into pondering that that is “another person’s” drawback. The COVID-19 pandemic proved conclusively that what occurs wherever can have severe implications all over the place.
Communicable illnesses are “communicable” as a result of they unfold and, as we realized from COVID-19, viruses don’t discriminate between wealthy and poor. Individuals in wealthier communities total might have had higher outcomes due to higher entry to healthcare, however when viruses unfold quickly by way of communities with out good healthcare choices, it’s inevitable that every one of us are affected (and contaminated).
The straightforward level we’re making an attempt to make is that in our interconnected world wherein we depend on one another for every part, it’s to the benefit of everybody to make it possible for each member of our society has entry to high quality healthcare.
That is each an ethical crucial and a commonsense purpose that advantages each member of society.
We applaud Rep. Garcia for sponsoring this invoice and we urge the legislature to move it forthwith.
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