Black US doctor dies of Covid alleging racist hospital care

Black US doctor dies of Covid alleging racist hospital care
Dr Susan Moore passed away from Covid complications on Sunday. Source: Facebook
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Daily US Times: A black physician named Susan Moore in Indianapolis has died with coronavirus weeks after she accused a doctor of being racist to her and denied her proper medical care because of her race.

In a video from her Indiana University Hospital North bed, she said she had to “beg” for treatment.

The hospital offered its condolences to Moore’s family and said it took accusations of discrimination very seriously but could not comment on specific patients.

Black people are at greater risk from Covid-19 than white people, studies show.

The 52-year-old doctor passed away at another local hospital on Sunday.

In her 4 December post on Facebook, Moore described how her pain had been downplayed by the doctor, who is a white person, though she had been crying and having difficulty breathing.

She wrote: “He did not even listen to my lungs, he didn’t touch me in any way. He performed no physical exam. I told him you can not tell me how I feel.”

The hospital said in a statement that as an organisation committed to equity and reducing racial disparities in healthcare, they take accusations of discrimination very seriously and investigate every allegation.

The statement added: “We stand by the commitment and expertise of our caregivers and the quality of care delivered to our patients every day.”

Black people in the US is often suffer racist circumstances and there are a number of protest against it in the country this year.

According to a GoFundMe page set up to help cover Dr Moore’s family’s expenses, she is survived by her 19-year-old son, Henry, and her parents, who suffer from dementia.

The page has already raised more than $102,000.

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