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Racial Bias in Medical Treatment

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

Amber Sherman, a 26-year-old Black woman, wrote TJC about the racial discrimination that she’s experienced as a person of color. She has health insurance, through Cigna.

She (and others in her community) have been racially discriminated against while receiving healthcare. Amber shared that, “As a Black woman, I haven’t felt listened to by doctors. As a fat Black woman, doctors see my weight and assume that’s why I have health problems, which leads them to fail to analyze me as a whole person.”

Amber has noticed that there is a lack of Black doctors, especially Black female doctors. She has experienced doctors who made her uncomfortable, failed to listen to her, and upset her with their lack of bedside manner. She wants her politicians to know that Black people, especially women, aren’t being listened to by doctors which has created a sense of angst and fear around going to the medical appointments.

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