Monday, April 6, 2009

Tip of the Day: Increasing awareness key to decreasing health disparities

This month, EBNers Kathleen Koster and Leah Carlson Shepherd report data regarding the health disparities affecting minority employees and tips for how employers can increase awareness to decrease care gaps.

A survey of more than 1,500 benefit managers by the Washington Business Group on Health found that nearly half believe that ethnic health care disparities "weren't a problem" for their employees, although 80% had never asked minority employees if their race affected their health care.

However, as Koster and Shepherd reveal, such disparities do in fact exist and are costing employers people and money. Read more in this month's EBN cover feature and health care section.

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