Commentary: Racial Disparities in Health Care
Washington and Lee Racial and Ethnic Ancestry Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 35-37, 2003
5 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2005
... Professor Watson has presented us with a provocative paper on the problem of racial disparities in health care.... Though Americans do not necessarily totally lack access to health care because they are uninsured, they do get health care later and less frequently than those who are insured, and suffer much greater mortality and morbidity. Uninsured women with breast cancer, for example, are thirty to fifty percent more likely to die than women with private health insurance, while uninsured patients with colorectal cancer face a fifty percent greater risk of death than insured patients.... African-American women who are insured are more likely than white women to be insured through Medicaid (eighteen percent versus five percent) and less likely to receive employment - based coverage (fifty-four percent versus seventy-three percent).... Most uninsured low-income women, about fifty-eight percent, are employed, but fewer than half of these (forty-nine percent) receive health insurance through their employment.... To the extent that people of color, and in particular women of color, have historically and in the present lacked access to equal education and equal employment, they continue to be also denied access to health care coverage, and thus to health care.
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