At times it is difficult to think about visiting a doctor even when it is only a routine check-up. Some people find it to be stressful and frightening to visit a doctor, particularly when they don’t feel well. People get worried thinking about the money they have to spend if they diagnosed with some serious illness. When it comes to minority patients, the problems can be much more than you can think about. Their ethnicity and race cause them to think whether it will affect the quality of treatment they are going to receive.
Disparity in Healthcare
Ethnic groups and racial individuals have to face great discrimination in accessing healthcare or healthcare insurance. African American and Hispanic families are less likely to own private health insurance. In case they have insurance, they are more likely to opt for plans that have limits on the kind of services they can receive. Most of the time than not, the top quality health care services is found in minority communities. This is one of the primary reasons the minorities receive low healthcare quality.
A recent study has also shown that minority patients receive lower care in comparison to non-minorities even if they have the same health insurance.
Healthcare disparities are the discrimination in care quality received by non-minorities and minorities having equal access to healthcare. This means when these two groups have the same access to doctors or healthcare insurance, and when there isn’t any difference between the groups, the minorities suffer discrimination.
Reasons Behind the Disparity in Healthcare
Studies have shown that health care disparities aren’t caused by just one reason. Rather, several prospective sources of healthcare discrepancies came to light. Here are some of these reasons.
· Organization and Operation of the Healthcare System
At ties, the healthcare systems, clinics, hospitals, adopt practices, and means intending to do such as containing healthcare costs but it causes problems to the ability of the minority patients to access care. Some health plans provide financial incentives to the physicians for keeping the cost down. It is important but the policies can hurt minorities unintentionally. These cost-savings come at the expense of people who don’t have education about the treatment options and might push the doctors to offers more services.
· Behaviors and Attitudes of Patients
Evidence suggests that the attitudes of patients might also lead to disparities. There are many people belonging to the minority group who don’t trust healthcare professionals. Thus, they avoid seeing a doctor until their health condition is far along to treat. Again, there are some who don’t adhere to the doctor’s treatment recommendation. This is only for a certain percentage of minority patients.
· Biases and Prejudices of Healthcare Providers
It has been seen that healthcare providers are biased and prejudiced when it comes to treating minorities. Even people who are not consciously aware can influence patient care and what patients might go about it.
Disparities exist in healthcare, and it is associated with poor health outcomes. Patients, providers, and health systems contribute to the disparities.