Local study shows disparities in health care

La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium conducted the study

A study by the La Crosse Medical Health Science Consortium. and its partners is showing how gaps in health care is impacting La Crosse County.

The report focused on chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Their data showed 50% of health outcomes are influenced by social, economic and environmental factors.

When looking at the differences in people’s health, race was also a major factor.

In many cases, race plays a role whether or not someone carries health insurance, their individual health, and their income.

Researchers say it’s a community-wide problem that could ultimately impact our local economy.

“Due to these chronic diseases, between 2010 and 2020, it’s projected health care spending on these diseases will increase 65 to 75%,” said Lindsay Menard, a business analyst with La Crosse Co. Human Services.

The study also showed people who have health insurance reported to be healthier than those who did not.