Title

Health care and civil rights: An introduction

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

Spring 2005

Journal

Ethnicity and Disease

Volume

Volume 15, Issue 2 (suppl. 2)

Inclusive Pages

S27-S30

Keywords

Civil Rights--legislation & jurisprudence; Health Services Accessibility--legislation & jurisprudence; Minority Groups--legislation & jurisprudence; Race Relations--legislation & jurisprudence; Social Justice--legislation & jurisprudence; Minority Health; Civil Rights; Disparities

Abstract

This article offers a brief history of healthcare civil rights, describes a range of healthcare issues that have a civil rights component, and discusses the need for an expanded civil rights framework to guide the provision of health care. Unequal health care based on race and ethnicity has received renewed attention over the past several years, but healthcare discrimination based on socioeconomic status, disability, age, and gender also deserve careful attention.

Peer Reviewed

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