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February 27, 2008

eHealth Solutions for Healthcare Disparities

JAMA. 2008;299(8):961-962. doi:10.1001/jama.299.8.961

Robert Redford is quoted as once saying, “Criticism challenges current findings. The effort to defend one's position can lead to deeper insights or consideration of options previously not considered.” On that note, I respectfully offer my thoughts on a manuscript that was adequate but ultimately not satisfying.

At one point, the text states that “ . . . healthcare disparities can no longer be credibly disputed . . . ” I might argue that they are not disputed as much as ignored. Health disparities are real. For example, the life expectancy of an African American male child born in the United States today is 7 years less than that of a white male child; the diabetes death rate in Hispanics is 40% higher than in non-Hispanic whites; and the cancer death rate is 35% higher among African Americans than among whites.1

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