“Until the color of a man’s skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes.” — Bob Marley, “War”
Racial inequity in the U.S. health system is, in many ways, far deadlier than police violence.
The failures of the health care industry to appropriately care for Black patients are well-documented, resulting in the lowest life expectancy of any major group in the U.S. In addition to poverty, lack of access to care, and inadequate treatment, people of color are also dying due to bias in medical education, clinicians’ insufficient exam skills, and lack of appropriate information tools. The medical community needs to wake up and start fixing the way we recruit, train, and equip clinicians to reverse the trend of Black Americans dying too early and too often.
My specialty, dermatology, is a prime example of the kinds of changes we need.