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.
State of Race
June 1, 2002 • By Carolyn Lovejoy