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Ethnicity, Insurance Status, and Hospitals Serving Predominantly Minorities:  Comment on “Association Between Hospitals Caring for a Disproportionately High Percentage of Minority Patients With Trauma and Increased Mortality Due to Trauma”

Ali Salim, MD
Arch Surg. 2012;147(1):70. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2011.220.
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It is a well-established fact that members of ethnic minority groups continue to have a disproportionately high number of medical diseases such as cardiovascular disease, human immunodeficiency virus, diabetes, and cancer.1,2 Trauma care, with its acute and emergent nature and its adherence to standardized protocols, was thought to be immune from racial disparities. However, this idea was proven to be false, thanks in large part to the work of Dr Haider and his colleagues, who documented the role that ethnicity and insurance status play after an individual receives a traumatic injury.3,4 In their current study,5 they attempt to answer the important question of why these racial disparities exist.

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