Your zip code could play a role in the type of healthcare you receive.
According to experts at University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and the Mini Medical School, healthcare disparity is a big issue in Western New York – specifically Erie County.
According to Health County rankings, Erie County ranked among the worst when it comes to health outcomes in New York State – ranking 55 out of the total 62 counties.
“The fact that there are pockets of the population that receive excellent healthcare and have excellent outcomes, and then there are other pockets of the population that may receive similar healthcare but it may not be tailored to what their needs are,” said Director of UB’s Mini Medical School, Dr. Roseanne Berger.
On Tuesday night, the school held a panel composed of physicians and community members to further discuss this issue and ways to solve it. Berger told News 4 several factors play into why some areas see better healthcare than others, including socioeconomic status and how that plays into access to healthcare and health insurance.
Berger said she plans to continue this conversation with experts in hopes to see change when it comes to this problem.
“Some of these efforts have been going on for quite some time so they can expand and grow,” she said. “We’re hoping to get some feedback from the audience and members of the community on how we can partner better.”