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October 25, 2000

Inequalities in Racial Access to Health Care

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(16):2053. doi:10.1001/jama.284.16.2053

To the Editor: The article by Dr Fiscella and colleagues1 lists much of the accumulated evidence for socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic disparities in health care quality. However, the documentation marshaled by these authors suggests that important racial and ethnic health care disparities are uniformly represented by undertreatment and lack of access to medical services by minority groups.