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Many Hispanics Lack Health Insurance

March 22, 2000

The proportion of Hispanic-Americans without health insurance coverage is unusually large and the problem will only get worse as their ranks grow in the U.S., according to a report from the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine.

  • While Latinos represent some 12 percent of the population, they make up 25 percent of the nation's uninsured.
  • They are almost three times less likely to have a consistent source of medical care, so they rely more heavily on emergency room treatment.
  • Among children, 30 percent of Latinos are uninsured -- compared to nearly 20 percent of black children and 13 percent of whites.
  • Sixty percent of Latinos have insurance through their jobs -- compared to 85 percent of non-Hispanics.

Uninsured Hispanics are two to three times more likely to have cancer diagnosed at a later stage -- making it less treatable.

Source: Julie Appleby, "25 Percent of Latinos Lack Health Insurance," USA Today, March 22, 2000.


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