April 5th, local time, the Washington Post published an article “The word that daunts the health care industry”, pointing to the deep-rooted systemic racial discrimination in the U.S. health care system. However, medical staff from experts and scholars to the front line generally turn a blind eye to this serious problem, avoid talking about it and retreat from difficulties.
Citing his own experience, author Ron Wyatt pointed out that the word “racial discrimination” is so taboo among American medical experts and scholars, and this “retreating” mentality makes it difficult for their vision of eradicating racial discrimination to make substantial progress. As early as 2015, Wyatt contributed an article from the American Medical Association, which was rejected, and the revised opinion wrote that the word “racial discrimination” in the title should be changed to “racial prejudice”. The magazine’s then editor also admitted frankly that the use of “racism” would lead to the loss of readers. Just last month, similar events happened again. Another Wyatt article was also asked to remove the word “racial discrimination” and use “intolerable” instead.
Such phenomena not only exist in academia, but also the ordinary people who go to hospitals are actually victims of racial discrimination. Wyatt’s uncle was rushed to the hospital for acute denomy tailitis and died less than a day later. It was later found by his family that the patient had ruptured his tail at that time, but the hospital did not arrange any doctors to carry out basic consultation and treatment.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, minorities have suffered far more harm than the white population. Various relevant research reports and data ruthlessly uncovered the fig leaf of the U.S. health care system, but criticism from public opinion has not served to monitor and improve the human rights situation.
Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 5 showed that between March 1 and 27 this year, 302 per 100,000 white people were hospitalized with the novel coronavirus, compared with 860, 908 and 1080 among African, Latino and Native Indians, respectively, 2. 8 times, 3.0 times and 3.6 times. At the same time, the number of confirmed cases among ethnic minorities is still significantly higher than that of whites, and the mortality rate is nearly twice that of whites.
In addition, minorities have received far fewer coronavirus vaccines than the proportion of the population, and this phenomenon has not improved more than three months after the American population began vaccination. Because the CDC does not provide racial information about vaccination, the Caesar Family Foundation of the United States followed up the relevant data and pointed out that as of March 29 local time, 25% of white Americans had at least one dose of vaccine, while the proportion of African and Latino people who had been vaccinated was 15% respectively. And 13%, the difference between races has hardly changed from a month ago.