Health care inequity persists despite a century of hard work by black doctors

One in five black people avoids medical care because of racial concerns over health care providers. One-third of African-Americans surveyed for a joint report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio and Harvard University said they have experienced discrimination at a doctor’s office or a clinic.

Older studies confirm black patients are more comfortable with black doctors, after a history of cruel treatment by white doctors and, for some, personal preference. And, despite a century of hard work by local black doctors to promote their profession, Dallas still isn’t educating enough black doctors.