The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report showing inaccuracies in Medicare’s data on race and ethnicity. Race and ethnicity data currently originate from the Social Security Administration, and then Medicare applies an algorithm to create its data. However, these data disagreed with self-reported race and ethnicity. For example, 28% of the beneficiaries identified as Hispanic in the data did not self-identify as Hispanic. Similarly, 46% of Medicare beneficiaries identified in the data as Indian or Alaska Native did not self-identify as such. The OIG wrote, “Data that are not accurate limit the ability to assess health disparities.”
NOTE: The ultimate goal of the “health equity” and “health disparities” agenda is to use claims of racism to centralize the economy or, as the Deloitte’ Health Equity Center says, to create a world in which “all people have the fair and just opportunity to achieve their full potential in every aspect of their health and well-being.”
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