As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, putting Black and Hispanic patients at an outsized risk of hospitalization and death, new research suggests just how fraught the doctor-patient relationship can be in minority communities.
Nearly one-third (30%) of Black patients in California and 13% of Hispanic patients feel their health care provider has viewed and treated them differently because of the color of their skin, or their ethnicity. Only 3% percent of white patients felt the same way.
Nineteen percent of Black patients believed they couldn’t
get the treatment they needed because of their race, while nine percent of
Hispanic patients felt the same way. One…