Black Resistance Screening: The Waiting Room

It’s 9:30pm and you’ve been waiting in your local public emergency room for 6 hours. You have yet to see a doctor and don’t know when you will actually be able to. I’ve certainly been there on many occasions. As a student and a diabetic with limit financial resources and no insurance, New York City’s Bellevue Hospital is where I can receive care and very low-cost medication (insulin for $2…unheard of!). And so have millions of Americans. In today’s economy, many find themselves uninsured and without a primary care provider. Because of this, ER doctors wind up treating anything from a common cold, to serious complications. Unfortunately this has been an all too familiar scenario for many in underserved communities of color, where a trip to the ER seems more feasible for immediate treatment, than the expense of continual preventative care (regular check-ups, medical prescriptions, and supplies).
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Making Every Minute Count: An Insight Into Making the Most of Your Medical Appointment

Image courtesy of Drmgenesis.com.

Image courtesy of Drmgenesis.com.

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance has become more accessible. Prior to ACA, 21% of blacks did not have health insurance. However, with the Medicaid expansion and premium tax credits, 94% of uninsured blacks will be eligible for coverage. While over 6 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges, it is impossible to determine how many of them are minorities at this time. Current administration hopes increased coverage will improve access to care and address racial health care disparities. A key component to successfully addressing these disparities is educating newly insured minority patients about making the most of their doctor visits. Regular annual physician visits are needed to detect and treat the initiation of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Equally important, patients should have any new symptoms or physical changes diagnosed and addressed by a physician. With this in mind, there are a few ways to prepare for either a new patient or new complaint visit.

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The Wealth of Health

The United States spends more than any other nation in the world on health care – in 2007 we spent $2.2 trillion. Despite consistent increases in spending, disparities among demographic groups persist. Low-income Americans and racial and ethnic minorities experience disproportionately higher rates of disease, fewer treatment options, and reduced access to care.

Health Care Disparities: A Case for Closing the Gap

The issue of health care reform and the inequalities related to accessing adequate health care has taken a front seat in political debate since the economic downturn in 2008. Unfortunately, this has been a debate that has polarized most of the American people. It is a deep-rooted issue but the disparities are becoming more and more evident.

America’s health care system needs to be completely transformed.

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