Discrimination in healthcare leads to worse treatment and care avoidance in The Netherlands

Pharos released the report ‘Discrimination and Health‘ in March 2022, to give an overview of the current knowledge about the effect of discrimination and the consequences for people’s health. Discrimination against patients has major consequences for the quality of care they receive – and therefore for their health. Qualitative data gathered by Pharos from patients themselves confirm this, authors discuss the impact of discrimination within health care at three levels:

  1. Unconscious influence by prejudice – on an individual level
  2. Discrimination as a blind spot in the organisation. For example, there is no diversity policy in place.
  3. Too little attention is paid to ethnic differences in healthcare. For example, patients with a South Asian background run an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and skin cancer looks different in black people than in white patients.

Find the full press release here. 

Find the full publication (in Dutch) here. 

NGO/Civil Society Document, Organisations & Initiatives Working on Health Inequalities, Research
Communicable diseases, Groups that experience vulnerability: women, ethnic minorities, LGBTI+, migrants, disability, Mental health, addiction

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