Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and three colleagues introduced legislation aimed at closing the gap in healthcare received by minorities and whites. The bill would require federal agencies to collect data on health status in a uniform manner and would fund programs to expand minorities' access to care and improve the quality of care received. In addition, the bill would support efforts to increase the number of minorities in health professions, expand cultural education for healthcare providers and enhance research on racial and ethnic disparities. Frist said funding for the initiatives would be on an "as needed basis." The bill is cosponsored by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) -- by Tony Fong
Bill would address racial disparities in healthcare
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