The Affordable Care Act has made preventive services more accessible to all Americans. Help your minority patients get the care they need.
Racial and ethnic minorities make up approximately one-third of the U.S. population and more than half of the 50 million U.S. individuals who are uninsured. Lack of insurance coverage has been cited as the primary reason members of minority groups postpone -- or go without -- health care visits. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) now makes it possible for more Americans to benefit from insurance coverage, even if they have pre-existing conditions. View all clinical preventive services now covered under the ACA(www.healthcare.gov) for which physicians can receive payment, and read on for more resources on how to help your minority patients receive the care they need.
Empower your minority patients to take charge of their health. If they have recently acquired insurance coverage, remind them that under the ACA, they have access to many fully covered preventive services such as diet and obesity counseling, immunizations, and tobacco screening and cessation counseling.
Encourage your minority patients to build a medical history by talking to family members about health problems they currently have or have had in the past. Awareness of trends in family health enables patients to take an active role in preventing or decreasing health risks, and to support healthy behaviors in family members. Help your patients jump-start these important conversations.
AFP by Topic: a collection of articles on genetics and family history
When patients perceive concordance, they’re more likely to ask questions, trust medical advice, follow recommendations, and report satisfaction with care. Family physicians of all backgrounds can enhance the quality of care they provide by building concordance through cultural proficiency.
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2014 Minority Health Month