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A Curtain Pulled Back: How Poverty and Inequality Dictate Patient Case in the United States

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As of 2019, the top 10% of earners possessed about 80% of stock market wealth. The next 10% owned 11% and the bottom 80% owned just 8% of total stock market wealth. These statistics indicate rampant inequality in favor of the highest earners as they own a significantly high concentration of wealth in the United States. Prevalent inequality and the pervasive dimensions of poverty among minorities directly affect their access to the resources they need the most. This paper discusses the connection between poverty, inequality, race, and access to resources. There is special attention placed on how these factors affect access to healthcare for the most vulnerable. Covid-19 played a big role in pulling back the curtain to show just how susceptible the poor were to the crisis and how higher earnings were better equipped to handle these circumstances.

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