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Two men climbing different ladders Although it’s generally understood that the U.S. health care delivery system has “historically engaged in the systematic segregation and discrimination of patients, the day-to-day scope of this bias remains unknown.”

A national discussion about discrimination has dominated the headlines in 2020, and a new study documents its prevalence in the health-care system. More than two in 10 Americans report experiencing some type of discrimination, according to an analysis by JAMA Network Open.

“Discrimination is not uncommon in health care,” study co-author Paige Nong told UPI. “We want our findings to show people who have experienced this kind of discrimination, which is often isolating and difficult to process, that that they are not alone.”

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