A research team out of Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine have been looking at nationally gathered information from just over a quarter of a million American adults that were asked diabetic specific questions as to whether they had received a dilated eye exam within a year. The results spanned from results gathered between 2002 and 2009. Respondents were defined within the survey as non-hispanic white, or a minority individual.The importance of dilated eye exams in diabetic patients are to detect the condition retinopathy which is most commonly associated with the disease.
What the result of this study found was that a prominent factor in ascertaining disparities in the eye examination rates between racial groups was the health insurance cover.
The new Obamacare deal is hoping to escalate and promote access to preventative care services in diabetes management in the United States, but the results clearly show that minority patients are still not fully addressing access to preventative care.