The Health Disparities Myth: Diagnosing the Treatment Gap

AEI Press (Washington), January 2006

By Sally Satel

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By Sally Satel, M.D. and Jonathan Klick

Two fifty-year-old men arrive at an emergency room with acute chest pain. One is white and the other black. Will they receive the same quality of treatment and have the same chance of recovery? Many experts today insist that their race will profoundly affect how the medical-care system deals with them, and that the black patient will get much inferior care. Is this true? The Health Disparities Myth critically assesses recent research bearing on this question.   More . . .