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Affordable and quality healthcare for African, Hispanic, and Asian Americans

According to a report by Johns Hopkins University Institute of Medicine, ethnic racial minority Americans (African, Latino, and Asian) do not receive the same level of quality healthcare as non-minority Americans.  To most people, this is probably not a surprise.  Since minorities have an average household income less than that of non-minorities, they are less likely to be able to afford the same level of healthcare or have it provided for them by their employers.

What is alarming however is the significant disparity that exists even when comparing conditions when there is a "level playing field", i.e. the patient has the same insurance status and income.  Most people would believe that given the same insurance status and income, minorities and non-minorities should receive the same quality of healthcare.  The Hopkins study confirmed previous studies that indicated that this is clearly not the case. 

Studies have shown that minorities are far less likely to receive:

  • Routine medical procedures
  • Appropriate cardiac medication
  • Coronary artery by-pass surgery
  • Kidney transplants or hemodialysis

 

 

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Topics

National Healthcare Disparities Report (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
this report provides a comprehensive view of the scope and characteristics of differences in health care quality and access associated with patient race, ethnicity, income, education, and place of residence
Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (Johns Hopkins University Institute of Medicine)
detailed study into the disparities in the quality of healthcare provided to people of color
Report on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care (American Medical Association)
includes details of the AMA's recently adopted "zero tolerance" policy toward racial disparities in healthcare
Health statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
various health statistics such as leading causes of death, life expectancy, infant mortality, etc. for:

 

African Americans

Hispanic Americans

Asian Americans

Mexican Americans

More information from Medline Plus
a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health:

 

African Americans

Hispanic Americans

Asian Americans

Resources
Health organizations

Office of Minority Health (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (National Institutes of Health)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)

Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum

Black Health Network

Black Healthcare

Black Womens Health

Healthcare.gov (Obamacare)

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Latino Commission on AIDS

National Medical Association

Blackdoctor.org

Urban Indian Health Institute

Native American Cancer Research

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