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June 12, 2002

Racial Disparities in Health Care

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(22):2942-2943. doi:10.1001/jama.287.22.2942

To the Editor: Dr Schneider and colleagues1 found that Medicaid beneficiaries had lower likelihood of receiving each of the 4 clinical services they measured (ie, breast cancer screening, eye examinations among patients with diabetes, β-blocker use after myocardial infarction, and follow-up after hospitalization for mental illness). In their study, an individual was classified as a Medicaid recipient "if they were enrolled in state coverage for at least 1 month during the calendar year," a common approach in this literature.