The pandemic has given rise to wide recognition of—and increased calls to address—longstanding disparities in health and healthcare. But there are steps employers can take today to help close the health equity divide, experts say.
“We don’t usually consider wages as an individual attribute of health and wellbeing,” Bruce Sherman, chief medical officer for the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, said Monday during the organization’s annual forum. However, pay is “at the center for most employees.”
Health and income are very tightly connected, he said. For example, low-wage workers with diabetes are more likely to be hospitalized or go to the