Recent studies have shown that despite the steady improvements in the overall health of the United States, racial and ethnic minorities experience a lower quality of health services and are less likely to receive routine medical procedures and have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than non-minorities. Disparities in health care exist even when controlling for gender, condition, age and socio-economic status.
- AMA activities to eliminate health disparities
- The AMA has encouraged physicians to examine their own practices to ensure equality in medical care.
- Learn about AMA programs and activities committed to the elimination of racial and ethnic health care disparities.
- Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
- Poor people are at greater risk of being diagnosed and treated for cancer at late stages of disease.
- Death rates from lung cancer are four to five times higher in the least educated than in the most educated individuals.
- African American males have the highest incidence and mortality rates for colon, prostate, and lung cancers.