Economic Burden of Men’s Health Disparities in the United States

Mensstudies: Monday, January 13, 2014

Very little is known about the economic consequences of men’s health disparities. Using data from the 2006 through 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey and the National Vital Statistics Reports, we estimated the potential cost savings of eliminating health disparities for racial/ethnic minority men. The total direct medical care expenditures for African American men were 447.6 billion ofwhich24.2 billion was excess medical care expenditures. With regard to indirect costs to the economy, African American and Hispanic men incurred 317.6 and115.0 billion respectively. These findings indicate that we cannot afford to overlook the disparities that exist, particularly among African American and Hispanic men. Failure to do so is both socially and morally wrong and carries huge economic consequences. Read More