Minority Children Experience Multiple Disparities in Healthcare

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

There is a lack of equity in healthcare for minority children in America, according to data gathered in a nationwide survey and analyzed by a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher. The UT Southwestern analysis, available online and published as an abstract in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics, suggests certain disparities are particularly pronounced for specific racial and ethnic groups. Awareness of these disparities may be useful for clinicians, health systems and policymakers to address the needs of diverse populations.

  • Children in minority groups, such as Latino, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American or multiracial, were significantly less likely than whites to have visited a physician or been given a medical prescription in the past year.
  • Latino and Native American children were more likely to be uninsured than African-American, multiracial, white and Asian/Pacific Islander children.

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