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Get a doctor's view now on health -- joining us by phone is doctor James -- -- -- had not only a doctor he is also the president of the American Medical Association.
We're also pleased to be joined by doctor Will Arnett -- -- she's president of the National Medical Association.
Doctors -- and Edwards thank you very much for joining us is Brian Sullivan on Fox Business.
Ladies first so I know you -- are in El Paso and it is a conference on.
The disparity of health care is especially as it pertains to income levels and some solutions what are so far your conclusions.
And what are some of the ideas.
That are being thrown around -- fix health care at the conference.
Well -- missed an end -- Here we needed that we're at and being -- the National Medical Association and the American Medical Association and the Hispanic -- quote of the day as.
Are now working together is such letters we increase the awareness of that this hasn't helped -- professor with respect conduct.
And advocate for acts that will include governmental.
Axle and eliminating health disparities -- -- will -- -- if they'll go to Health Care Reform all right it.
The purpose of our commission in terms of -- left in the league foreign relations.
-- -- you know for you did that unfortunately the problem of disparity in care between income levels and -- even geographical and in certain ethnicities.
Has been around for decades correct has a big gap narrowed -- are we seeing the quality of care that some of the lower income.
Spectrum of American people -- to get better.
What we have identified is that did the disparities in health care isn't related to in com.
Many times it's related to race and ethnicity.
Even though that.
We know that more.
African Americans for example.
Are uninsured nationally about 60% of the population is uninsured.
And Texas about 25%.
Of African Americans are uninsured.
About 40% of Hispanics are uninsured.
In text that was nationally it's about 33% the statistics show.
-- even though you have health insurance if you're certain race or ethnicity you still don't get the health care that's needed and that's the reason why the commission.
And health disparities is meeting here at -- capital.
And the reason is is too we improve the quality that we provide to folks as well as -- proving that knowledge.
That disparities continue to occur and we need to have culturally competent patient centered care to be able to achieve that.
-- You know.
Doctor Edwards is it because we hear some of these statistics in the rather startling is that because.
A lot of the folks are simply in jobs that employers are not paying them.
Or or covering health insurance are -- unemployed are they under employed wire so as we are -- 40% statistic from -- Iraq.
Why are so few people getting this kind of even rudimentary health insurance.
Well I think that that's our problem in the if you don't have a that but that's the fight it out here covers and obviously you're not going to get that coverage -- have that.
But I think it goes beyond that as well what we talk about economic geographic linguistic and cultural.
Issues that affect -- here and that's where where -- -- -- is that we and that will help the parity.
And try to improve the quality is that -- get with their doctor patient relationship.
Which I think golf then what.
How much the Health Care Reform agenda is exactly what we -- -- in effect that it just focuses on the -- here.
Reform package -- -- A patient ethical and prevent that well in the air and it increased patient at the -- health coverage of the vote portable portable and all though.
At the pollutants but it's pretty with incandescent.
Well doctor I've got to be so there was a study out today that said that basically preventive medicine at least as far as diabetes goes did not improve.
The cost or did not approve the wellness of the of the patients kind of a startling study.
There's one thing that we've talked about a lot here on the show has been the massive rise in obesity -- if you if you track.
The states have the highest rates of obesity is six states according to the CDC did have more than 30% of their population -- -- body mass index greater than thirty.
Those are also the same states that are the lowest income and other words there is a direct link between.
In come and and generally -- -- the poorest state is the more likely you are statistically.
To be overweight and thus have diabetes heart problems pulmonary disease.
How much do we have to put back and on the individuals and residents of some of these areas to say.
We're gonna cover so much but the same time it's up to individuals.
To take better care of themselves if they can.
We've noted the importance of education is key too much of this being aware.
Well what the proper nutrition choices one -- needs to make as well as the physical activity that what has to be engaged in.
But we also have to recognize that we do have an American culture where.
The public key is bombarded with media that says.
In thirty minutes or less you can call -- number and somebody delivers something that -- that has a lot of bad a lot of calories and you don't even have to.
Exercise very much together so I think we also have to ready.
-- have a sugar tax for a fat tax if you will launch on foods that are deemed to have a certain amount of ingredients that are.
Unhealthy or high in calories -- -- We would hope that.
Through a proper education both in the school system to work place in the community.
People have the ability to make the proper choices as long as the labels tell them what's good and what's not and -- may have worked.
To try and deal with proper labeling allow people to make the choice -- What's going to be important for them.
But we also support that there needs to beat them prevention help.
To make sure that people have the ability when we talk about obesity.
Two have a safe places where they can do physical activity.
It is it it's difficult for someone to say go out and exercise.
When you're afraid that if you do you might get mugged or physically harmed so.
We have to look at the safer places in communities so that people can do the things they need to do to keep themselves open.
All right doctor James -- -- -- doctor.
Doctor veterans we do appreciate your time today thank you both very much for joining us.
And we spoke Houston doctor -- Edwards president of the national -- --
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