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Inequality and African-American HealthHow Racial Disparities Create Sickness$
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Shirley A. Hill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447322818

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447322818.001.0001

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Medical care and health policy

Medical care and health policy

Chapter:
(p.79) Four Medical care and health policy
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Inequality and African-American Health
Author(s):

Shirley A. Hill

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447322818.003.0005

Substantial data suggests that African Americans, even those who are insured, simply do not get the same quality of medical care as do White Americans. They not only bring to the medical encounter a legacy of medical mistrust, but are often treated disrespectfully by physicians who are less likely to aggressively pursue diagnoses and treatments for their black patients. Unequal access to quality health care is also a product of the dual health care system, with Blacks more likely to experience inferior and impersonal care in the public sector of that system.

Keywords:   African Americans, medical care, physicians, mistrust, public sector

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