The Urban Institute’s Coronavirus Tracking Survey, a nationally representative survey of adults ages 18 to 64, found that Black adults were more likely than white or Hispanic/Latinx to report being discriminated against or unfairly judged by a doctor or health care provider.
“These patterns are concerning given that health care disruptions and suboptimal quality that result from unfair treatment can lead people to delay or forgo care, to search for a new provider, and to experience adverse health consequences,” authors of the study wrote.
The report comes as Covid deaths and hospitalizations continue to soar, with people of color disproportionately affected.
It also comes as many advocates and activists call more attention to the dire maternal health crisis facing Black women.
CNN reported that Black women in the United States are more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than any other demographic – and the Covid-19 pandemic may be exacerbating one of the starkest disparities in American health care.
The network reported that health care practitioners and advocacy groups had raised the alarm that the pandemic may further increase barriers to care for pregnant people.
“Even before the pandemic, the United States was considered the most dangerous developed nation to be pregnant,” Stacey Stewart, CEO, and President of the March of Dimes, a nonprofit that advocates for better health care outcomes for mothers and babies, told CNN.
“Black women and women of color are far more likely to die — and that was the case even before the pandemic.”
Earlier this year, Congress introduced the Black Maternal Momnibus Act, providing pre-and post-natal support for Black mothers.
However, the bill has lingered since its February introduction.
The Urban Institute’s study, part of an ongoing body of work exploring patients’ reported experiences of discrimination and unfair treatment in health care, found:
- Roughly 5 percent of all nonelderly adults reported having been discriminated against or judged unfairly by a doctor, other health care provider, or their staff in the previous 12 months …
Source: Amsterdam News