Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Medicine, a nonprofit that advises Congress. (Keeping Current).
Minorities in the United States receive lower-quality health care
than whites, even when their insurance and income are the same,
according to a March 20 report by the Washington, D.C.-based Institute
of Medicine, a nonprofit that advises Congress. Authors of the study
blamed subtle racial prejudice and differences in the quality of health
plans. The study found that minorities were less likely than whites to
be given appropriate medication for heart disease, or to have bypass
surgery or receive kidney dialysis when needed.