This is indefensible.
Here are 13 figures that illustrate how bad health care access for women of color in our country really is.136%. How much America’s maternal mortality rate has increased between 1990 and 2013.
Colorlines reports that the United States jumped from a rate of 12 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births to 28 per 100,000 — all in the span of 23 years. That’s twice the rate of Saudi Arabia, and three times that of the United Kingdom. The primary reason cited is a lack of access to quality insurance and adequate medical resources.
3-4. The number of times higher the national maternal mortality rate is for black women than white women. This figure has held relatively steady for the past 40 years, according to the CRR report.
94. The number of black maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in Fulton County, Ga., which includes the city of Atlanta.That’s more than three times the national average. The rate for white women in the same county is “essentially zero,” according to Colorlines, i.e., “too insignificant to report.”
77%. How much higher the maternal mortality rate is in states with higher populations of people living below the poverty line, when compared to states with smaller impoverished populations, according to Colorlines (citing a 2010 Amnesty International report).
Low-income populations in the U.S. are disproportionately made up of black, Latina and Native American women. The report claims these disparities are especially apparent in Southern states with high black and Latino populations, namely parts of Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.
1. The number of clinics in the state of Mississippi that provide abortions. Mississippi’s population is 37.4% black and nearly 25% poor — significantly higher than the national average for both categories.19. The number of states (including almost all in the South) that have opted out of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Needless to say, this is disturbing: Expanding Medicaid would allow for unprecedented access to affordable contraception for low-income women, and women of color in particular.
This is important for one key reason: Contraception is not only a vital component of effective family planning, but according to some, a proven means of combating poverty.72%. The percent decrease in women receiving health care services in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley over the past few years, Colorlines reports. The region has recently become “ground zero” for America’s ongoing debate around treatment of immigrants without documents for the U.S., originating primarily in Mexico and Central America.
70%. How much greater the likelihood thatan immigrant woman of reproductive age will lack health insurance, as compared to her U.S.-born peers. This figure has a clear racial bent: Most immigrants to the U.S. come from either Mexico or Asia.
5. The number of years immigrants must wait before they’re eligible for Medicaid under federal law. Texas, home to the nation’s second largest Latino population, makes them wait even longer, according to Colorlines.1 in 3. How many Native American women will be sexually assaulted or raped in their lifetime, according to the Center for American Progress. That’s 3.5 times higher than any other racial group. An added problem hereis that federally funded health care facilities on reservations — where about 30% of Native Americans live — lack the capacity to treat and care for victims: CAP reports that women often must travel hundreds of miles just to receive a rape kit and STI screening.
35.1. The number of new black female AIDS cases per 100,000 women age 13 and over in 2009, according to a 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. Compare that to 7.9 casesfor Hispanic women and 1.5 for white women.
66%. The percentage of new female HIV cases nationwide which black women comprise. Forbes reports that HIV/AIDS is now the leading cause of death among black women age 25-34.
4.3. The cervical cancer death rate per 100,000 among black women nationwide — twice the rate for white women. The difference is so stark it has attracted the attention ofresearchers, who examined the disparity by focusing on the state of Maryland and published their findings in PLOS ONE health journal.
Among their troubling discoveries: Between 1999 and 2008, black women were far more likely to receive radiation or chemotherapy as their only form of treatment, regardless of their stage of cancer. White women, on the other hand, were significantly more likely to receive “multi-modality treatment,” incorporating surgery, chemo and radiation, andresulting in higher survival rates.
Researchers concluded the disparity is rooted in a few key factors. Oneis the lack of health care access for black women; the other is a deliberately discriminatory approach to treatment from medical practitioners.
The takeaway: The next time someone tells you we have a functioning and equitable health care system in America, show them these numbers. Any nation that claims medical equality but allows factors like race and gender, compounded by corresponding issues like poverty, politics and legal access, to prevent specific groups of people from healing is nothing short of hypocritical.
Isla’s fever is down, her appetite is back, and she seems to be in good spirits. So…miracles do happen?
We picked Isla up from daycare in a good enough humor, but she was whiny in the car and then when we got to dinner, she refused to eat anything saying everything was “spicy” when nothing was spicy and it’s all stuff she normally eats. Then we got home and tried to get her to eat some spaghetti, which she’s been nomming the crap out of all week, and she said it’s too spicy too. She also kept complaining about being cold. I picked her up and realized she was burning up, took her temperature, and she’s got a fever again.
Not sure if it’s just another nasty cold, an ear infection from the last one, strep throat (we got a warning from the daycare it’s going around), or something else. Either way, looks like we’re going to have a nice weekend at home with a sick kid. :( This is why we kept her out of daycare for so long: germs.
Is that basically a nice way to say “you’re never getting benefits”?
A few weeks ago, I went to the ER for problems I worried were related to a congenital heart defect I have. It was a 2-hour visit. I had bloodwork and an ECG. When I left, I wasn’t sure what my bill would be, since there is no transparency in medical costs in the US and the vast majority of doctors, clinics, and hospitals do not post the cost of their services in advance, and this ER was no different. Based on previous experience, I assumed it would be high.
I finally received 2 separate bills, 1 from the facility, 1 from the doctor, which totaled $3,378.50 for a 2-hour trip to the ER and maybe 15 minutes of interaction with the doctor and nurse. 1/3 of the bill came from a “facility charge,” which basically means pretty much everyone who goes to this facility, before they ever receive any treatment, is billed $1000. They charged me $68 for pulse ox. I could buy a fingertip pulse oximeter similar to the one they used on me for $35. What in the few seconds it took them to check this cost anywhere close to $68?!
"I got into breastfeeding for the constant glamour."
Picture submitted by Sarah Houle of The Longest Shortest Time.
This is the correct face to make when being told you’re a heinous bitch.
My second best day in high school was when we were watching this movie in a class (because my high school was obviously exceptionally rigorous and challenging) and someone turned to me at this point in the movie and said, “OMG, it’s you.”
I liked this post about making peace with only having one. I’m really hoping we can have 2, but if not…
A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says ”Five beers, please.”
i dont get it
No one explain it
I just wanted this as a quote on my blog.
This blog makes fun of stock photos of moms and kids. I can’t breathe.
…but I have absolutely no idea when I would ever have occasion to use 95% of them.