Originally Posted by sreggie101
a pregnant couple once refused care from my cousin (OB-GYN) simply because she was black...she has stories like that for days. this racism in medicine is super common.
to go on twitter about it tho isn't the move.
whats the legality of this? i know one can refuse care via religious reasons, but parents cannot refuse care to their child due to what? is it a matter of child endangerment?
It happens, you can refuse to see a black, Arab, Asian doctor etc. But there are certain situations where neither the patient nor his family have a choice. An adult can let himself die and leave against medical advice, it is different when it comes to children. You cannot refuse life saving care for your child based on religion or race, I already gave the Jehovah witness example. Even for other non-life threatening issues they will get child protective social services involved if the lack of care proves neglect.
Racism in medicine is actually more complicated than simply refusing to give or receive care. Studies show patients tend to do better when they are treated by someone of their own ethnicity, unfortunately for black people there aren't that many black doctors. A white doctor may not be purposefully treating his black patient poorly but there are subtleties in the exchange that may lead to bad outcomes. Patients also tend to do better when they have "faith" in their doctor, it's a placebo thing.
That being said there are plenty of non-racist people out there who will see any doctor. I worked with a black doctor who had a very busy clinic in the hickest, most racist looking town ever....his patients were mad country but they loved him.
We can also go on rants about access to healthcare and other social determinants of health, and how perceived racism real or not is killing blacks. Medicine and racism have always been intertwined and it is a public health crisis.