Kiersten Marek:

Wow. More than half of the uninsured in the US are people of color.

Originally posted on Nursing The Buddha:

A recent article published in America’s Wire discussed the scope of race-related health disparities and the financial implications for the U.S. health care system.

The article focuses on how racial and ethnic health care disparities can affect earning capacity within a household, which can have long-lasting adverse effects on the entire family, particularly children. In addition, where one lives is a significant contributor to the existence of racial-related health disparities, Thomas A. LaVeist, director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, noted. “Where you live determines what schools your children get to attend… It also determines whether you are exposed to environmenta

l inequalities and the type of health care facility that is available to you,” LaVeist said. According to the study cited in the article, 30.6 percent of medical expenditures from 2003 to 2006 for blacks, Asians and…

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  1. I think you need to do better; there is little or no verifiable and substantive data in the citation. Firstly, no one is denied medical coverage if they wish it and will pay the price. Secondly, there is no differentiation of the maladies supposedly befalling folks, and what folks, and what age groups, etc. In this sense the text is amazingly paternalistic and disparaging. One suspects if the basis of the differential is economic, then there should be no difference between any designated group The term “racial” is more than annoying by the way, if what the writer does not explain what the term means. One must assume it is the trite meaning of political jargon and not substantive again. Paternalism oozes from this in that it denies a “group” termed a “race” dignity or the ability to determine their own fate.

    • If you bother to read the AMerica’s Wire article and not just the teaser that is posted you would have a lot of your answers. The article however would leave some gaps because it is written for an audience that has already read and understands many of the historical and social factors involved. Many important papers on the subject are also cited on my blog of you care to be exposed to something outside of your experience.

      Your economic argument can be tested as soon as race and poverty in America are not intimately linked and perpetuated by institutional forces.

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