Racism, rather than biology or socioeconomic status, is the primary cause of racial disparities in healthcare, two public policy groups charged in a report. Although poverty is closely linked to poor health, minorities' health lags that of whites regardless of income, the report said. The groups -- Applied Research Center, Oakland, Calif., and Northwest Federation of Community Organizations, Seattle -- said use of interpreters in healthcare settings should be covered as a "medical necessity" by all public and private insurers. In all, the report made 10 recommendations. Among them: mandatory coverage of "alternative and culturally appropriate" care; greater consideration of public health issues in public housing and transportation policy; and a more diverse healthcare workforce. Download the report. -- by Melanie Evans
Racism primary cause of health disparities, groups say
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