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26-Jul-2010

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Disparities remain a challenge in health care says American College of Physicians

Washington, July 26, 2010--Racial and ethnic disparities remain a challenge for patients in the U.S. health care system, the American College of Physicians (ACP) said in an updated paper released today. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Updated 2010, an update to a policy paper that was originally released in 2003, outlines recommendations on how to close the gap between racial and ethnic minority patients and their white counterparts.

"Closing the health care disparities gap will be a difficult, multifaceted, and important task," said J. Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, FACP, president of ACP. "Overwhelming evidence shows that racial and ethnic minorities continue to be prone to poorer quality health care than white Americans, even when factors such as insurance status are controlled."

In updating the recommendations from the previous policy paper's call to action, ACP recommends that:

"Racial and ethnic disparities in health care present a difficult challenge that results from the interaction of multiple complex factors, for which there are no easy solutions," concluded Dr. Ralston. "However we as physicians, and as a society, have a moral imperative that appropriate resources are devoted to responding to the challenge."

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