Black Americans don’t trust our healthcare system — here’s why

By | August 25, 2017

Many Americans looked upon the white supremacist rally at Charlottesville, Va. with disgust and disbelief. However, many black American looked upon the events as a reaffirmation of what they long since known: vicious racial hatred has always boiled beneath the surface. This attitude has shaped many black American’s approach to healthcare.

Many black Americans do not trust their healthcare providers to act in their best interests. Research has shown that blacks are much less likely to report trust in their physicians and hospitals; thus, are less likely to seek treatment or be compliant with recommended treatment plans.

The medical community should care about this collective sense of black distrust in medicine, as it is a major factor in the well-documented health disparities between blacks and whites.

In many cases, when blacks have the same diseases as their white counterparts, blacks are much more likely died sooner. For instance, blacks are three times more likely to die of asthma than white Americans. Black men have a 40 percent higher cancer death rate than white men. Black women have a 20 percent higher cancer death rate than white women. Blacks tend to develop chronic disease earlier in life and overall have shorter life expectancies when compared to whites. (The Hill)

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