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Civil rights groups call on US to do more to end discrimination in health care

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6380 (Published 10 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6380
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

Human rights advocacy groups in the United States have called for the federal government and state governments to make more concerted efforts to sweep away racial and ethnic disparities in people’s health and in healthcare.

The US Human Rights Network, an umbrella organisation of about 300 groups, emphasised in a submission to a United Nations forum that black Americans have a life expectancy 6-10 years shorter than that of white Americans and face higher rates of morbidity.

More than 880 000 deaths would have been prevented between 1991 and 2000 had the mortality rate of black Americans been the same as that of white people, the network …

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