Over the years, several studies have demonstrated that there exist significant disparities in health indicators in the United States population across various groups. Healthcare expense is used as a proxy for health in algorithms that drive healthcare systems and this exacerbates the existing bias. In this work, we focus on the presence of racial bias in health indicators in the publicly available, and nationally representative Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data. We show that predictive models for care management trained using this data inherit this bias. Finally, we demonstrate that this inherited bias can be reduced significantly using simple mitigation techniques.
Speakers: Moninder Singh