Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Fewer vascular surgeries coming to Hispanics

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A new study concluded this week that Hispanics living in the U.S. have fewer vascular surgeries than other racial groups. In addition, they have less favorable outcomes as well.

Why does this happen? Experts involved in the study mentioned socioeconomic factors in the mix as well as genetic factors. Are hospitals profiling patients based on race? That's up for debate and most likely will always be.

Longer hospital recovery times and a propensity to wait before receiving treatment were specifically noted in the study. Insurance status was noted as a prime reason for the delays.

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