Seeing Patients

Bias in Health Care?

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Hour 1: Is health care one of the final frontiers for equality in America? We’ll talk this hour with Dr. Augustus A. White III, Professor of Medical Education and Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and author of the new book “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care” (Harvard University Press, 2011).

  • Samlcavanaugh

    I only heard part of the show, I’ll download the podcast later to hear it all.  What I heard was very true.  When I speak to my thinner, White female friends about medical issues, I’m amazed with all the different tests doctors are will to perform on them (even one who did not have insurance!), when most doctors tell me “well, let’s just give you Celebrex and call it a day.”  I always leave feeling like I’m the one who wasted *their* time and just learned to live with the pain. Like most Hispanic women, I don’t go often, since it doesn’t do me any good . . . 

  • Samlcavanaugh

    I only heard part of the show, I’ll download the podcast later to hear it all.  What I heard was very true.  When I speak to my thinner, White female friends about medical issues, I’m amazed with all the different tests doctors are will to perform on them (even one who did not have insurance!), when most doctors tell me “well, let’s just give you Celebrex and call it a day.”  I always leave feeling like I’m the one who wasted *their* time and just learned to live with the pain. Like most Hispanic women, I don’t go often, since it doesn’t do me any good . . . 

  • Bjl678

    I found it interesting that a medical professor who wrote a book on bias in health care didn’t use People First Language (e.g., “persons with disabilities” as opposed to “the disabled” or “disabled people.”). 

  • Bjl678

    I found it interesting that a medical professor who wrote a book on bias in health care didn’t use People First Language (e.g., “persons with disabilities” as opposed to “the disabled” or “disabled people.”). 

  • Bjl678

    I found it interesting that a medical professor who wrote a book on bias in health care didn’t use People First Language (e.g., “persons with disabilities” as opposed to “the disabled” or “disabled people.”). 

  • Bjl678

    I found it interesting that a medical professor who wrote a book on bias in health care didn’t use People First Language (e.g., “persons with disabilities” as opposed to “the disabled” or “disabled people.”). 

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