Marguerite Ro, deputy director of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum and a former professor of Columbia University Medical Center, shares the concerns of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community on the subject of health care reform in Asian Week:
She goes on to cite numerous community-specific statistics and concerns including the following:
New data from the Centers for Disease Control reveals that nearly one out of every five AAPIs is uninsured. Almost one out of every six AAPIs does not have a usual place for health care.[...]Unfortunately, the presidential candidates have yet to assure Asian American and Pacific Islander communities that they understand or even acknowledge the challenges that our communities face in accessing health care.
- Language barrier as a bar to receiving quality health care
- A stress on improving prevention that notes a 10% incidence of hepatitis B in Asian Americans as opposed to a 0.01% incidence in whites as an example.
- A need to tailor the delivery of health information to the numerous disparate communities that exist in order to assure that the information gets across.
- A call for Asian American voters to make their voices heard at the polls.
SOURCE: "Health Care Refom: Why It Matters To Us " 02/16/08
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