Cleveland Clinic doctor expands his work with Minority Men’s Health Center, health fair

CLEVELAND – Dr. Charles Modlin Jr. is determined to put an end to health disparities.

It’s a problem that goes much deeper than, for example, the five-year difference in life expectancy for white versus black males.

Disparities in care and treatment in the United States could end up costing as much as $337 billion over the next decade, according to a cost analysis published in 2009 by the Urban Institute, which conducts economic and social-policy research.

That money is being used to pay for hospital stays, drugs and other treatments that are a result of poorly managed chronic diseases and conditions that are not tended to until advanced stages.

“Health disparities are a real phenomenon,” says Modlin, director of the Minority Men’s Health Center at the Cleveland Clinic.

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