"The United States is still a society in which racial and ethnic characteristics are strongly associated with socioeconomic class and opportunity. (An article in the Aug. 5 issue) reminds us that in healthcare, integration is not complete and separate is not equal. ... The findings confirmed some of what we believe about racial and ethnic disparities but also offered some surprises. ... (The) disparities between the healthcare received by black patients and that received by white patients seem to reflect the place in which patients seek care rather than the specific doctor they choose."
-Arnold Epstein, New England Journal of Medicine