Addressing Healthcare Disparities

We must end the disparities and inequities impacting patient access, quality of care and outcomes.

McKesson is committed to taking meaningful and sustainable action in the fight to ensure racial and ethnic equity in the United States. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color reflects the immediate and long-term structural and systemic barriers to health confronting the most vulnerable patients. With our 360-degree view of the healthcare landscape, McKesson recognizes that we have a responsibility to participate in the public policy process. Our public policy platform is driven by the core belief that the Patient Comes First. In order to achieve this for every patient, we must end the disparities and inequities impacting patient access, quality of care and outcomes. Collectively, we must address the racism and inherent bias that has existed in our healthcare system for generations in order to drive meaningful change.

We Believe:

  • Health equity means everyone has an equal opportunity to live healthy lives.
  • “Health” goes beyond physical wellness – it is a result of social, economic, and environmental factors.
  • In order to end racial health disparities, we must acknowledge the impact of systemic racism and implicit biases as contributing factors.
  • It is the responsibility of all public and private stakeholders - community-based organizations, government, industry, providers and academic institutions - to work together to address this problem.
  • Solutions must address the deep-rooted barriers impacting health in our minority communities, including investments in prevention and economic opportunities to foster healthy individuals and healthy communities.

Our 2021 Public Policy Priorities:

  • Access and Affordability: We support expanding access to high quality, affordable healthcare for ALL patients, where and when they need it.
  • Empowering Patients with Technology: We support leveraging technology to empower patients so they can play an active role in managing their health and making informed decisions, as well as allow healthcare providers to better understand their patient populations.
  • Valuing Community Providers: We support bolstering community-based settings of care and recognize the need for a culturally competent and diverse healthcare workforce.

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