Racial disparities in health have probably received the most notice. The medical profession understands that these disparities are the most fundamental indictment of a society that claims to be based on equality. From mortality rates for almost every disease to saving patients after surgical complications to depression care, studies have found racial disparities. Even within managed care systems, where patients have equal access to health care, the racial disparities exist. The section begins with reports offering background and an overview, the Unnatural Causes series and website, The Institute of Medicine’s Unequal Treatment, Confronting Disparities in Health Care and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yearly reports on health care disparities. A sub-category looks at the racial disparity in access to healthy food, an obvious and basic component of health.
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