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Estimating the economic costs of Indigenous health inequities in New Zealand: a retrospective cohort analysis
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    Estimating the economic costs of Indigenous health inequities in New Zealand: a retrospective cohort analysis
    • Richea Levarity, Student The University of The Bahamas
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      • Terry Campbell, Lecturer

    Recently, the article “Estimating the economic costs of Indigenous health inequities in New Zealand: a retrospective cohort analysis” (Reid et al., 2022). I wish to express my positive view of the work. This research is important, but it is mostly unnecessary in a culture that values fairness and compassion. This is because having disparities in health is immoral and unacceptable in society. Human rights and social justice issues should motivate people to work for an equal society. The continued denial of Maori access to healthcare demonstrates that our society is neither just nor humane.
    This research is valuable to policymakers and decision-makers because it provides a numerical representation of the expenses associated with health disparities. The cost of preserving health disparities in society is almost certainly substantially higher than the $863 million yearly estimate (Reid et al., 2022). This demonstrates how structural inequality impacts the entire society, not just Maori. Racism is a system of building opportunity and transferring value. It unfairly enriches some people and communities while unfairly disadvantaging others, eroding the fabric of society as a whole by wasting human resources. This study should serve as a reminder that institutional racism, including health inequalities, is harmful to society and results in enormous human potential loss.
    According to the report, Mori bears a disproportionate share of the costs associated with health dis...

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