Medicine: Racially Rationed Health

Whether health care in the U.S. is an organized system or a haphazard numbers game, there is no doubt whatever that it is racially biased. For most whites, medical attention is only a phone call or a car ride away. By contrast, says the nation's top health officer, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg, Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, "it is the black Americans and other minorities for whom the 'system' works least well." Among blacks, the poor are a majority, and for them inadequate health...

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