June #82 : State of Race - by Carolyn Lovejoy

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June 2002

State of Race

by Carolyn Lovejoy

According to a congressionally mandated study, "racial profiling" is alive and well in U.S. health care. The long-awaited Institute of Medicine report showed that regardless of income and insurance status, people of color routinely receive worse care and treatment than whites -- in everything from HIV meds to cancer tests to prenatal care. Researchers say professionals' unconscious racial bias is mainly to blame.




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