Medical Segregation: Most Minority Patients See Minority Doctors
When we look at healthcare for disadvantaged and low-income patients, we see what could be called “medical segregation.”
A report just out finds that black, Hispanic and Asian physicians play an outsized role nationally in the care of minority and low-income patients. In other words, patients with low incomes, and racial and ethnic minorities who rely on Medicaid and often don’t speak English, tend to get their medical care from doctors who are also minorities.
The new study was published Monday by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. In many ways, the findings aren’t surprising, but they do raise some troubling issues.
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