Richard L. Kravitz, MD
Kravitz RL. Ethnic Differences in Use of Cardiovascular Procedures: New Insights and New Challenges. Ann Intern Med. 1999;130:231-233. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-130-3-199902020-00028
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1999;130(3):231-233.
Although we might wish it otherwise, ethnicity in the United States still matters. Over the past few decades, inequalities between Americans of European descent and those of African descent have been documented in the Jeffersonian domains of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Compared with white Americans, the rates of mortality, incarceration, and poverty are higher among black Americans (1-3). An extensive literature documents persisting differences between black persons and white persons with respect to both access to health care and health status. Although such reports are often greeted with short-term alarm, long-term action rarely follows. Such inertia cannot always be ascribed to indifference or insensitivity. Reasonable people can and do disagree about what ethnic differences in use of health care services actually mean.
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