Hospital racism likely widespread
The Kansas City Star
Several lawsuits are exposing racism in hospitals in which white patients ask that no black health care professional attend to them.
The Associated Press reports that the “open secret” has been exposed in lawsuits — one involving a white man with a swastika tattoo insisting that no black nurses touch his newborn. The American Medical Association’s ethics code prevents doctors from refusing to treat people based on race, gender or other criteria, however, no policies exist for handling patients’ race-based requests, and they go on all the time.
Several cases have been reported over the years in the Kansas City area. It amounts to officials maintaining separate systems of health care no different from yesteryear hospitals just for white patients and others for patients of color.
It was wrong then just as this new form of segregation is wrong now, particularly during Black History Month. Let’s hope the courts end it, and the best health care is provided to people regardless of color.