This article is a bit old, 2012 from the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) , but I’ve just come across it. Things like this are why so many people of color in the US are distrustful of the medical system. The study says:
” … black and Hispanic children were more likely to experience an ER stay longer than six hours compared to white children — even when the same tests were ordered ..”
“Black children were 39 percent less likely to receive pain medications compared to white children with similar medical situations. When their pain was severe, rated 7 or higher on a pain scale from 0 to 10, an even larger disparity was observed.”
” .. doctors were almost twice as likely to underestimate the pain of black patients compared to other ethnicities in a 2007 study from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.”
This reminds me of when my sister was having her last baby. She called me crying telling me that the doctor wouldn’t order pain meds for her. I was out of state, but I called the hospital trying to reach anyone that could help. Don’t believe me? Think I’m exaggerating?