People of color face inequity in Missouri’s health care system,

After ranking Missouri’s state health system performance the fourth-worst in the country last year (despite numerous improvements in some areas), a New York-based policy foundation released a new scorecard for the 50 states and Washington, D.C. this week, assessing state health systems for performance equity among racial and ethnic groups.

Missouri’s scores documented dramatic health and health care inequality among racial and ethnic groups living in the Show-Me State. Even in states with stronger health systems, Commonwealth Fund physicians and scientists found that health equity in terms of race and ethnicity “does not exist in any state within the U.S.”

Per the Missouri Hospital Association, “health equity” is a term meaning “everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.”

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