Hispanics under-represented among doctors

From 1980 until 2010, while the Latino population in the United States was skyrocketing, the number of Latino physicians, per capita, dropped precipitously, according to a new national study.

The nation’s Latino population rose 243 percent between 1980 and 2010, the study of detailed census data found. During that same period, the number of Latino medical doctors per 100,000 Latino residents declined 22 percent, creating a shortage of physicians with many of the language and cultural skills needed to serve the Spanish-speaking community.

In 1980, the country had 135 Latino physicians for every 100,000 Latinos in the country, but 30 years later, that figure had fallen to 105 per 100,000. At the same time, the national rate of non-Hispanic white doctors increased from 211 for every 100,000 non-Hispanic whites to 315. READ MORE AT ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL

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