Medical Group Apologizes To Black Doctors

Correction July 18, 2008

In this interview, we said, "Back in 1980, when Margaret Heckler was Secretary of HHS, she produced a report and one of the findings there was that it was clear that a commonness between the provider and the patient often impacted in a positive way on the outcome." In fact, Heckler became Secretary of HHS in 1983, and issued the report in 1984.

There was a time when African Americans weren't allowed to join the American Medical Association. The AMA apologized for policies of discrimination and racial inequality in its past. Madeleine Brand talks to Dr. Nelson Adams, president of the National Medical Association, a black doctor's group, about why the AMA issued the apology and what they're doing to promote minority doctors.

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