Black physician’s death highlights ‘horrific’ history of medical racism

In early December 2020, Dr. Susan Moore, a Black physician, posted a Facebook video from her hospital bed in Indianapolis while fighting COVID-19. Moore said that the doctor treating her had downplayed her complaints of pain, refused to prescribe her painkillers and suggested she be sent home. Moore said in the video, “I put forth and I maintain: If I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that.” She was eventually sent home and died weeks later of COVID-19 complications. Dr. Uché Blackstock, Yahoo News Medical Contributor and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, looks at why racism still persists in the U.S. health care system and what needs to change.