While life expectancy and overall health have improved in recent years for most Americans, differences in the care that people receive remains. Those differences are a significant barrier to making sure all patients get the best care. Racial and ethnic minorities are more likely to be sick or disabled or to die from an illness. Other factors that can affect your ability to get care and the quality of care you get include your income, education and sexual orientation.
One way providers are seeking to reduce differences in care is by recognizing that people can have different languages or cultures that can make the health care system more difficult for them to deal with. For example, your provider may ask your race, ethnicity and preferred language in order to better serve your needs. Learn more with these resources and communicate your needs and expectations to your health care team. You deserve quality, equitable care.
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
(Office of the King County Executive)
(U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals