The age divide coincides with a similar divide among Black Americans surrounding their views of racial bias in the U.S. healthcare system, according to the poll. Forty percent of Black adults age 60 or older said that some racial groups are “always” or “often” treated unfairly by the healthcare system, while 60 percent of adults ages 18 to 29 said the same.
The healthcare system is more racist now than 30 years ago? I find that hard to believe.
Any thoughts on what is causing this distrust? I think it’s important, given that the virus disproportionately affects BIPOC.
When I lived up north and the snow hit, it was the wealthy neighborhoods that got plowed first. And I heard that in many areas the vaccine was going to clinics where the money is. Last night in a interview the new Director of the CDC (Rochelle Walensky) said that she was this week receiving new data regarding vaccine distribution in majority minority areas. And she said that in a few days the CDC, HHS and the task force would be addressing distribution problems in minority areas.
The reasons for disparities are probably complex. I went for my first shot Monday before last at Fair Park in Dallas. This is a predominantly black area of town but the number of blacks was much less than in the county as a whole, percentage wise. Why? It was closer to many blacks than whites. I could guess a lot of reasons. That distrust of the medical system as mentioned in the OP. The familiarity of searching out information and signing up online. Availability to computers to sign up? No money wasn’t the problem because the shots were free.
In any case, the county leaders decided the way to handle it was to bar people from some zip codes of the county (predominantly white areas of course) from getting shots there. I don’t see how that would have made more blacks sign up, but anyway the state told them that if they tried that they would get no more vaccine for the county, so it didn’t last.
A couple of weekends ago I was listening to a preacher from a black area of a Birmingham. And he said that blacks have a history of not trusting anything government. He was in contact with other pastors nationwide to convince them that they might be the bast source of convincing folks in their towns that the vaccine is safe.
I ran a non-profit in NW Arkansas that organized volunteer staffing for nursing homes. And I also found that the residents were mostly white. In some cases it was sad because some of the families would put the person in the home and never visit. They would just write them off. One manager told me that a lot of times the family members are pissed off because they are having to lay out $65K or more per year. Pretty petty.
That is great that you were able to do it. I worked with one nursing home that was a “first class” facility.
But they had a long list of bad deeds. When I was working with them they had a lady who they checked on at 6 p.m. Friday night. And then nobody checked on her until Sunday morning. She was dead. And I heard that there was a big cover-up with the state officials. And nothing happened to the corporation.
Kudos to you for helping out your loved one.
They’re more snide, subtle and sneaky mean here in New England. Yeah, I know, anecdotal, but I’m posting it anyways.
I’ve been in E R 5 times in that number of years for dehydration caused by copious vomiting from migraine. Thank God the E R nearest me isn’t on my network, because that hospital is horribly managed.
When I had a different insurer, I went at the advice of my doctor & had to wait hours to be seen. Unlike a black woman in my circle of acquaintance with similar symptoms, though, I didn’t get asked what controlled substances I was using.
Many white northeastern liberals are great at backstabbing with a smile & have their ways of letting nonwhites know they view them on a lower level. I really don’t blame Black Americans for not trusting our health care system.
Hell, I’m white & trust few providers. Those opting out of vaccination should, IMO, comtent themselves with masking up and avoiding “super spreader” events.