July 21st, 2009
07:06 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 7/20/09

Editor's Note: Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s segment about medical racism was a major topic of discussion among AC360° viewers on Monday night. Several of you wrote in voicing concern that too much focus has been on the plight of blacks. Many of you shared your stories and experiences of substandard medical treatment, prompting a few of you to suggest using hidden cameras to truly expose medical racism. Take a look at some of what we’ve heard and let us know what you have to say:

CNN has gone black. First, Michael Jackson, then Larry King and Joe Jackson, then Anderson Cooper with Obama in his homeland..over and over and over...then Soledad doing Black In America 2.. Please don't forget there is still another race out there too...You have shown discrimination big time.

I turned to 360 for a few minutes, and sure enough you are telling us that there is racism in medicine. More all-black, all the time. I turned the channel.

Dr. Gupta should go back to med school. My mother was white and she also had ovarian cancer. This disease is almost never diagnosed right away, which is why most women ultimately present with stage 4 and die. Has NOTHING to do with race. Nothing.

while watching the segment on race and health care you had a African American who was not properly diagnose with diabetes. I too was misdiagnosed for my diabetes. I to had private health care and had the same problems as he had . for two years I went to the emergency room and my clinic and they would say I,m dehydrated or give me antibiotics. I lost my job because I could no longer do the work. Three years after it started i finally went to the VA Medical center in Minneapolis MN, in fifteen minutes they told me I had diabetes. My blood sugar was almost 650 and my A1C was 19.3. But I'm a white male

Appreciate your health care coverage. Too much money in medical specialties, in drug companies, in insurance. Anti-health care demonstrators here earlier had signs that read "Want health care? Get a job" What idiots. My sister has a steady job, works for a small company; they try to provide health care coverage, but she can't afford it. She has NO coverage, and she's worked for this company over 20 years. Another family member has a serious illness, cannot work; what do people like that do? We can't toss people out like they were nothing. We should be ashamed.

If you are going to air large city blacks saying our medical profession and healthcare system is racist, you should seek confirmation. Go to specific individuals who feel that way and ask what hospital, clinic or doctors office treated you this way? Get names. Go to the specific people and tell them they have been accused of racial bias in their administration of medical care. Record their comments next to those of their accusers and let the public decide.

I agree, medical treatment for African Americans is different than treatment for White Americans. If AC would provide a undercover initial doctor visit between a white person and a black person and tape the visit; you will see the difference in the services are provided. I'm not sure if what I am asking is legal, however, it would prove medical treatment towards Black Americans is indeed racist.

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  1. Donna Wood, Lil' Tennessee

    It's not just about race! Those of us who are considered 'low income' with physical impairments are more often than not, shunted to the back burner because we can't afford some of the medical treatments available for these impairments. What about that?

    Donna Wood
    Lexington, Tennessee

    July 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Ingrid Gubler

    I was upset that the focus of your report last night was on how blacks are miss-treated in the health care system. I was 32 when I repeatedly went to the doctors in wealthy South Orange County California and was told that I had a sinus infection. I had great insurance at the time. My chest bone was protruding out, I was having night sweats, and I had lost 20 pounds (in the end I only weighed 108 pounds). Not only did I try and get medical help from our doctor’s office but I also went to the emergency room once and was told that I had a bad cold and that I might want to go and see my primary physician as my white blood count was extremely elevated. I eventually went on to WebMD, put my symptoms in and headed back to the doctors office, armed with a printout of what the computer said I might have. I requested a different doctor this time. I was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. My chest bone had been sticking out from the large tumor mass in my chest. It’s been 3 ½ years now and I’m still under treatment (having just had my 3rd bone marrow transplant- this time with an unrelated marrow donor). If the doctors would have caught this on my 1st visit, this very treatable cancer would have been much easier to beat. The focus of your report should have been on how our sub-standard health care system is in need of desperate repair for all Americans regardless of race. I happen to be white.

    July 21, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  3. Paulette Calli

    I would give up Obama!!

    July 21, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  4. Connie Longstreet

    While watching the segment that Dr. Gupta had on AC, I became frustrated. Medical treatment that myself and friends and family have received were not always the best. I am a white woman that has had military facilities for treatment for the last 25 years. Most of the time my treatment is fine. However, we do not have a regular steady doctor since they PCS often. Recently I had a cyst that became infected was given antibiotics and sent away. The cyst abscessed and was finally removed. It did not have to go that far. A friend of mine, also military dependent, died at the age of 28 due to colon cancer. She went to the doctor for months complaining of throwing up and diarrhea. She even told the doctor that her grandmother had passed away from colon cancer. He dismissed her. By the time she was diagnosed she was stage four. Two young boys no longer had a mother. My mother-in-law, not military, complained to her doctor about a pain in her chest plate. She is a breast cancer survivor. The doctor misdiagnosed her pain. By the time she had a proper diagnosis her bones had been ravaged by bone cancer. My point is, the stories last night may not have been racism. I feel very sorry for all of the people Dr. Gupta reported on just like I am for my own friends and family. I think we need to be careful not to cry wolf so that when true racism happens people are not deaf and dismissive to people's cries for help.

    July 21, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  5. Janet

    Hello, What about the economy.......

    This is from an article in the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday.
    The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?"

    I think this guy nailed it.

    Dear Mr. President:

    Please find below my suggestion for fixing Americas

    Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned
    bonuses, and letting the politicians spend foolishly on pork projects, use the following plan.

    You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

    There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force.

    Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

    1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings – Unemployment fixed.

    2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered – Auto Industry fixed.

    3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage – Housing Crisis fixed.

    It can't get any easier than that!

    If more money is needed, have all members of Congress and their constituents pay their taxes...

    If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know

    July 21, 2009 at 11:14 am |