Advocates say minorities in the BX getting substandard health care

The city's health department along with health care advocates say minorities do not have the same access or quality of health care as others.

At a hearing Thursday held by the state Assembly's health committee and the minority caucus, officials released statistics that show the death rate for southwest Bronx women suffering from diabetes is 20 times higher than women living on the Upper East Side. In addition, people in poor neighborhoods were found to live eight years less than their wealthier counterparts.

Health care advocates say the reason for the disparity is that many poor minority residents receive substandard health care. Lack of insurance and language barriers are part of the problem.

The state Assembly's health committee and the minority caucus plan on holding more meetings to address the health care issue.

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