Tuesday, December 21, 2004


This is About Economics, Not Race

MSNBC - Blacks dying for lack of health care: "Blacks dying for lack of health care
Disparities cost 886,000 lives in the U.S. in '90s
'Access to care is a big factor,' said former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, pictured in June 2001, who co-authored a study on race-related disparities in health care for the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
By January W. Payne

More than 886,000 deaths could have been prevented from 1991 to 2000 if African Americans had received the same care as whites, according to an analysis in the December issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The study estimates that technological improvements in medicine -- including better drugs, devices and procedures -- averted only 176,633 deaths during the same period.

That means 'five times as many lives can be saved by correcting the disparities [in care between whites and blacks] than in developing new treatments,' Steven H. Woolf, lead author and director of research at Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Family Medicine, said in a telephone interview. "

There are poor of all races. It is almost as if this man is asking for some kind of special treatment, instead of expecting those in his race, who want to be healthy, to do what we all have to do: work hard and earn our keep. there are plenty of uninsured, unhealthy white people. Why isn't he just directing the study to the poor? Affluent blacks aren't having the difficulty he speaks of. This just upsets me. Let's talk about healthcare for all or for economic groups and leave race out of the discussion.

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