AC Stereotypes and Medical Issues doctors and skin color and weight bias

AC Stereotypes and Medical Issues doctors and skin color and weight bias

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Does your doctor judge you based on your color? Studies have shown that race plays a role in quality of care a patient gets Race, poor education, poverty and lack of insurance can affect a doctor's view Study: 46 percent of the doctors surveyed had a negative reaction to obese patients By Elizabeth Cohen CNN Senior Medical Correspondent www.cnn.com (CNN) -- John Reid, a retired businessman, came home from a Caribbean cruise a few years ago with an infected toe as a souvenir. As a diabetic, he knew it was serious, so he went to the emergency room near his home in New York City. There, he says, the first doctor he saw ordered an immediate amputation, scheduling him for surgery right then and there. Horrified, he argued with the doctor, insisting there had to be a way to avoid lopping off his toe. "You'd better bring the head doctor in here," he said. Reid says the more senior doctor prescribed a long-term regimen of intravenous antibiotics and physical therapy -- a treatment much more expensive and time-consuming than an amputation -- and saved his toe. Reid, who is African-American , firmly believes that if he'd been a white man, the junior doctor wouldn't have been so quick to order the cheaper and more drastic solution over his objections. "I think it was very disrespectful. As a matter of fact, I think she was looking down on me," he
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course COMM 1000345 taught by Professor Mccloud during the Fall '10 term at Mohawk College.

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