While there have been many studies that compare healthcare in one country versus another, the HII, believed to be the first of its kind, is unique in that is looks at local availability of services and the local ability of individuals in those local markets to pay for those services. The HII will serve as the measure for those investments deemed “impact investments” where the goal of the investment is to close the healthcare inequality gap.
The Healthcare Inequality Index identifies the uneven distribution of healthcare services across the United States. The study helps show what services are unavailable in a specific jurisdiction despite a local market filled with people able to pay for those services.
Initially focused on availability and affordability, the index will be expanded over time to address quality and other important attributes intended to support the goal of market-driven expansion of high-quality healthcare coverage for the United States.