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Health Care Disparities — Science, Politics, and Race

Bloche, M. Gregg, M.D., J.D. (2004) Health Care Disparities — Science, Politics, and Race. The New England Journal of Medicine, 350 (15). pp. 1568-1570.

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Do members of disadvantaged minority groups receive poorer health care than whites? Overwhelming evidence shows that they do. Among national policymakers, there is bipartisan acknowledgment of this bitter truth. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Tommy Thompson has said that health disparities are a national priority, and congressional Democrats and Republicans are advocating competing remedies. So why did the DHHS issue a report last year, just days before Christmas, dismissing the “implication” that racial differences in care “result in adverse health outcomes” or “imply moral error . . . in any way”?

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health Care Disparities, Science, Politics, Race, disadvantaged minority groups, Department of Health and Human Services,
Subjects: Health > Health Equity
Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Disparities
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Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2011
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2011 13:12
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/629

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