Seeing Health Care from Many Angles

Joseph Gallien has seen it all this year.

The 31-year-old Black physician has had COVID-19, treated patients with it in top-notch New York City hospitals and his less-resourced hometown hospital in Louisiana, which was hit by Hurricane Laura. All as a reckoning with race  swept the country.

For Gallien, 1 of the just 5% of US doctors who are Black, 2020 was a lesson in the health care system's racial inequalities. He found them in the resources available for coronavirus treatment in Louisiana and in the surprised responses of white patients who assume the nurse or scribe in the examining room is the doctor. 

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