(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) A recently published study—performed by a group of “equity” researchers and paid for by American tax dollars—claimed that black doctors simply existing in a county raised the life expectancy for black people throughout the whole area.
According to the Daily Wire, the Journal of the American Medical Association published the story on Friday. Authors of the report include several federal employees with the Health and Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Researchers also received funding from the HRSA’s Office of Health Equity.
The study asserted that black doctors should be more common because black people who live in counties with black doctors have a life expectancy of 30 additional days, whether or not those black people receive treatment from said doctor.
Despite their argument that the race of a particular doctor in a specific county can mean early life or death for any citizen, the report insists that “race is a social construct” and “racial differences frequently observed in population health outcomes studies are generally considered to result form fixable health system factors, such as differences in the availability and quality of care.”
They maintained that from a biological standpoint, there was no difference—meaning that it should not be used to justify changes in treatment from doctors who were not black but only as a way to further augment black healthcare demands.
“Race as a study variable, in and of itself, is not considered a biological determinant of health outcomes; rather, it is a social construct that serves as a proxy measure for the structural inequities inherent in our society, and specifically in the health system,” the study said.
It comes as some medical schools and AMA-linked organization are pushing to lower their standards to admit more minorities without acknowledging that their reasons for doing so are largely political and that their actions may be detrimental to the overall field of healthcare.
Other, more reasonable studies found that individual characteristics such as dietary habits and weight have much more to do with health than the general proximity of black doctors.
Nonetheless, the JAMA study continued, emphasizing the importance of shared cultural background between doctor and patient.
“Some [b]lack patients may prefer to seek care from racially concordant physicians due in part to the value placed on certain shared aspects of culture and experience,” it said.
Woke health professionals fawned over the vague implication that simply being near black doctors may slightly increase life span.
“That a single [b]lack physician in a county can have an impact on an entire population’s mortality, it’s stunningly overwhelming,” said Monica Peek, a primary care physician and health equity researcher at UChicago Medicine.
“This is adding to the case for a more diverse physician workforce,” said Michael Dill, director of workforce studies at the American Association of Medical Colleges. “What else could you ask for?”
The study did not address the fact that black medical school applicants consistently have the lowest MCAT scores and GPAs of any racial group. Another study found that black doctors had the lowest scores on exams for family medicine residents.