A majority of African Americans have low levels of trust in the health care system, expressing much less confidence in doctors and hospitals than white people, according to a new poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and The Undefeated.
Across the country, only 6 of 10 Black adults said they trust doctors to do what is right most of the time, compared with 8 of 10 white people. Slightly more than half (56%) of Black people said they mostly trust their local hospitals, compared with 7 in 10 white people.
The numbers appear to be getting worse amid the coronavirus pandemic that is disproportionately sickening and killing Black people. Seven of 10 of African Americans say the health care system treats people unfairly based on race “very often” or “somewhat often,” a notable increase from 56%, when a similar question was asked in a 1999 poll.
The distrust could worsen an already catastrophic Black health crisis if African Americans are reluctant to participate in testing, vaccination or treatment.
One in 5 Black adults say they…