About The Study: Black Medicare patients had lower odds of receiving a surgical consultation after being admitted from the emergency department with an emergency general surgery condition when compared with similar white Medicare patients in this study including 1.6 million patients. These disparities in consultation rates cannot be fully attributed to medical comorbidities, insurance status, socioeconomic factors, or individual hospital-level effects.
Authors: Sanford E. Roberts, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, is the corresponding author.
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