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Poorer and minority older adults are suspicious of the US health care system – a new study shows why

By Marc Cohen, Clinical Professor of Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston
Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston
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Just over two weeks before she died of complications from COVID-19 in December 2020, Dr. Susan G. Moore recorded a smartphone video from her bed in an Indiana hospital. In the recording, which went viral, the Black physician accused a white doctor of letting racial bias affect his medical decisions, from evading her requests for a CT scan, to playing down her pain complaints and refusing to prescribe additional narcotic painkillers.

“He made me feel like I was a drug addict,” Moore,…

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