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Dream and LegacyDr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era$
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Michael L. Clemons, Donathan L. Brown, and William H. L. Dorsey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811844.001.0001

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African American Healthcare

African American Healthcare

Assessing Progress and Needs through Martin Luther King’s Perspective on Social Justice and Equality

(p.59) African American Healthcare
Dream and Legacy

Marcus L. Martin

Audrey E. Snyder

Jamela M. Martin

Taj’ullah Sky Lark

Hannah Firdyiwek

Leslie Walker

University Press of Mississippi

In Dr. King’s 1966 speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights, he is quoted as saying “of all the forms of inequity, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” Dr. King did not view healthcare as a human commodity, but as a fundamental human right. This chapter discusses what Dr. King might say about heathcare today regarding topics such as access, heath disparities, infant and age-adjusted mortality, and physician shortage. Dr. King might say that the Affordable Care Act is the most important legislation to impact the health of the nation and that although progress has been made, much still needs to be done, particularly concerning access to care, health insurance coverage, and representation of minorities in health professions.

Keywords:   Health disparities, Access to care, Physician shortage, Infant and age-adjusted mortality, Affordable Care Act

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