TJC Story Blog

Jul 2021

Clarice Rankins

Ms. Clarice Rankins is a 71-year-old African American woman who has Medicare and a supplemental plan. She shared that she has felt discriminated against while accessing healthcare based on her race or ethnicity and said, “A doctor was going to select a much more drastic health decision (amputation) rather than try to save a limb after a car accident.” She also shared that she knows family and friends who have felt discriminated against while accessing healthcare.

She explained that she has also had problems with transportation to access healthcare: “When I had no way to reach my doctor while recovering from my accident, transportation was a major and expensive issue.”

Ms. Rankins has also experienced health problems because of environmental toxins near her home and shared that until recently, she has been impacted by the effects of a nearby landfill. She said, “I was exposed to Hepatitis A due to my drug testing responsibilities as a probation officer prior to retirement.”

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