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When Bias Contributes to Health Disparities in Marginalized Communities

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We see disparities across the board in healthcare, especially as it relates to women and persons of color. And we can trace this back decades as many doctors used women and persons of color in medical experiments in the past or dismissed their claims about illness and pain because they were a person of color or a woman.

Yes, you were blown off by medical professionals in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries if you were a woman or person of color!

And guess what? This still happens to this day. Disparities in healthcare stretch far and wide and are seen every day. Many providers have preconceived notions about patients based on their race and gender before they even see them, and when they do meet a patient they dismiss what they say and don’t want to listen to their complaints.

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