Healthcare’s racial divide

For doctors and patients of color, navigating a healthcare system which favors white people can be challenging and, sometimes, dangerous.

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Racial disparities in healthcare aren’t new and they also don’t seem to be going away. Studies on implicit bias show that white doctors tend to prefer white patients and that, in some cases, this directly affects quality of care and accuracy of diagnoses. Black mothers are 3-4 times more likely to die from childbirth complications than white women. Additionally, the shortage of black doctors, and black male doctors in particular, exacerbates this racial divide in the healthcare system. To address these disparities, Philadelphia pediatrician Dr. Tiffani Johnson, Ob-Gyn Dr. Shanaye Jeffers, and Dr. Theodore Corbin join us in the studio to discuss their experiences both as black medical professionals and as doctors who are working to specifically close this heath gap for their patients of color.

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