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Report finds health discrepancies across racial and ethnic groups in Kentucky

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LOUISVILLE, KY -

A new report shows that there are health discrepancies across racial and ethnic groups in Kentucky.

According to a report released on Tuesday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, white Kentuckians are less likely to forgo medical care due to cost and more likely to have a personal doctor compared to other racial or ethnic groups.

The report also found that black and Hispanic Kentuckians are less likely to have health insurance than white Kentuckians.

"This report helps us see how race and ethnicity make a difference in how healthy you are, just as previous Foundation reports have shown that where you live and your education and income levels affect your health status," said Susan Zepeda, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The report did have some good news. Eighty percent of Kentuckians reported having a personal doctors, that is higher than the national average of 77%. Kentuckians are also less likely to engage in binge drinking with 15% overall compared to 17% nationally.

To see the full report, click here.

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