New Study Finds African-Americans Benefit More Than Whites When Given Access to Equal Healthcare

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Over a nine-year period, researchers found that Blacks had a 24 percent lower mortality rate than Whites.

An interesting new study out of the medical journal Circulation found that when Blacks and Whites receive comparable healthcare from medical providers, African-Americans fare significantly better than their White counterparts.

According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers are baffled by the disparity, but suspect that African-Americans might have a biological disposition that benefits them in the long run. The nine-year study found that African-Americans' mortality rate was 24 percent lower than Whites—a shocking contrast.

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"We thought we wee going to show they do the same if the same care if offered to both groups," study author Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh said to the Times. "But we found Black do even better."

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He went on to say that though Blacks fare better than Whites when receiving comparable healthcare, the benefits are outweighed by extenuating circumstances—socio-economic status, accessibility to medicine and treatment—that disproportionately affect the Black community.

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