Racial Inequalities in Health Care


Guests:
Dr. Joseph Betancourt
*Member of the 15-person committee at the Institute of Medicine, the group that conducted the study and issued the report. It's called: Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
*Senior Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Dr. Lucille Perez
*President of the National Medical Association, the largest organization of African-American doctors in the country
*Medical Director of the Substance Abuse Prevention Center in Rockville, MD

Dr. William Hall
*President of the American College of Physicians
*Chief of Geriatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Minorities in this country receive lower quality health care than whites, even when they have the same medical problems, insurance coverage and income. That's according to a new study by the Institute of Medicine. The biggest differences were found in cardiovascular disease, HIV / AIDS, cancer and diabetes. The study says reasons for these disparities include cultural differences, language barriers, stereotyping and bias. Neal Conan talks with health care providers about why there's a racial gap in health care in this country and how it could affect you and your health, next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.

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