Hispanic Health Issues at a Glance
The Center for American Progress’ new fact sheet, Health Disparities by Race and Ethnicity, spells out health issues facing the nation’s minority groups.
Hispanic health care coverage statistics include:
- 68% of Hispanics had health insurance coverage in 2009 compared to 88% of whites.
- 35% of nonelderly uninsured Hispanics report having chronic health conditions.
- Close to a third of Hispanics lack a usual source of health care and 46% of uninsured Hispanics who report having chronic health conditions lack regular care.
Hispanic chronic health conditions include:
- 10% of Hispanics of all ages report they are in fair or poor health.
- About 40% of Latinos age 20 and older were obese in 2008.
- 14% of Hispanics have been diagnosed with diabetes compared with 8% of whites.
- Hispanic women contract cervical cancer at twice the rate of white women.
- One in five Hispanics report not seeking medical care due to language barriers.
For more, see the fact sheet.
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