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Recent studies have found that Latinos are the racial and ethnic group least likely to visit the doctor. More than one-fourth of Latino adults in the United States lack a usual healthcare provider and almost half of Latinos never visit a medical professional during the course of the year. Other reports show that Latinos are more likely than members of other groups to delay healthcare for an illness or drop out of treatment when symptoms disappear.
Meanwhile, Latinos in some states were reluctant to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges. With Latinos accounting for one-third of the uninsured in the country, healthcare advocates have puzzled over why Latinos seem hesitant to seek healthcare.
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Our latest study suggests that Hispanic immigrants will continue to enjoy longer lives than U.S.-born whites in the near future; but the life expectancy of U.S.-born Hispanics may fall to levels on par with U.S.-born whites. Why? Like many Americans, U.S.-born Hispanics increasingly face a high risk of obesity and obesity-related health complications such as diabetes and heart disease.
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The Pew Hispanic Research Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) joined forces recently to examine the health care disparities affecting Hispanics in the United States.
A disconnect between the largest minority in the U.S. – one whose growth continues to outpace any other group – and the healthcare services available to them in this country should be of great concern to all.
Hispanics face a range of health challenges.
The future of American health care looks a lot more like the Salud clinic than Norman Rockwell’s iconic small-town doctor’s office. The country is on course to lose its white majority around 2050.
For reasons both economic and cultural, Hispanic men are loath to interact with the health system. Women across all races are more likely to seek care than men. But the gender gap in the Hispanic community is especially troubling to health care providers. Studies show that Latino men are much less likely than Latinas to get treatment.
Ruiz indicates there are a number of factors involved in the Hispanic paradox, which may influence the resiliency Hispanics seem to have when it comes to long-term disease.
Medicine has a race problem. Doctors consistently provide worse care to people of color, particularly African-Americans and Latinos. In studies that control for socioeconomic status and access to care, researchers have found racial disparities in the quality of care across a wide range of diseases: asthma, heart attack, diabetes and prenatal care, to name a few.
Currently, Latino males are more likely to be sick and suffer from chronic illnesses than the average American. They are more likely to be obese, develop diabetes, and have high blood pressure, among other illnesses, and are less likely to seek treatment.
Race and health care practices should be mutually exclusive phenomena, yet in the United States, Latinos continue to be less likely than their non-Latino peers to have health insurance or a regular doctor. Are health care marketers allowing this demographic to slip through their fingers?
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Experts say the toll for avoiding the health care system is far-reaching. Poorer Latinos, in particular, suffer from high rates of obesity, diabetes, liver disease and high blood pressure. “Patients who are already sick will have a much harder time getting better,” Dr. Page said. Those who don’t get care for infectious diseases, she said, “are much more likely to transmit infections to others.”
For decades scholars and public health officials have known that people with greater income or formal education tend to live longer and enjoy better health than their counterparts who have less money or schooling. The trend holds true wherever researchers look—in poor countries or rich ones, in Europe, Asia or the Americas—but two notable exceptions stand out.
For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a report specifically on the state of Latino health in the U.S.
Among their findings is further evidence of the so-called “Latino Health Paradox” — a phenomenon observed by public health researchers in which Latinos in the U.S. are less likely to suffer from chronic disease or die prematurely, despite high rates of poverty and less access to education and health care (two factors that are typically linked to poor health).
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Recent studies have found that Latinos are the racial and ethnic group least likely to visit the doctor. More than one-fourth of Latino adults in the United States lack a usual healthcare provider and almost half of Latinos never visit a medical professional during the course of the year.
The issue of stigma is especially relevant in the Latino community. According to a study published in the March-April 2011 issue of General Hospital Psychiatry, the stigma of mental illness, poor communication and the underuse of antidepressant all play a major part in delaying the recovery of Latinos from depression.
Hands for Global Health works to improve the health and welfare of indigenous peoples of Latin America primarily, to empower health professions students from the United States to take leadership roles in global health research and practice in Latin America, and to engage in public health interventions that reach the unreachable.
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Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that improves the lives of Hispanics in the United States and promotes civic engagement by educating, motivating and helping them access trustworthy support systems.
Latinas Contra Cancer is committed to cancer prevention efforts in the Latino community. Our goals include increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality rates and improving the quality of the health care experience.
Latino Health Access partners with communities to bring health, equity and sustainable change through education, services, consciousness-raising and civic participation.
We strive to provide vulnerable populations access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary healthcare services. We aim to organize and sustain a powerful consumer voice to ensure that all individuals and communities can influence healthcare decisions.
We believe that quality health means shared decision-making that focuses on the needs of the individual throughout their lives. This means that health includes the long-term services and care needs of individuals. Moreover, our efforts reflect that mental health and physical health are central to well-being.
The mission of Nueva Vida is to inform, support and empower Latino families whose lives are affected by cancer, and to advocate for and facilitate the timely access to state of the art cancer care, including screening, diagnosis, treatment and high-quality care.
As the discussion about health-care reform goes forward it must be better focused on the achievable goal of bringing down costs for everyone. We need a targeted approach, and not a sweeping reform that takes us nowhere.
Since 1998, AHHE has been the premier leader for Hispanic/Latinos seeking to advance themselves to management and C-suite leadership positions in the healthcare and hospital sectors.
With 20,000+ members, the National Society for Hispanic Professionals is the top US networking association for Hispanic professionals. It's free to join and this is a great place for you to connect with new people who share your interests,
It is significant to note that Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States.