This excerpt from NAKASEC’s Why Korean Americans Need Responsible Health Reform factsheet illustrates some of the disparate health outcomes that affect communities of color.
Our Worsening Health
• Nationally, 26% of Korean Americans do not receive regular care [the number climbs to 48% among those uninsured], with only 26% of Korean Americans reporting to visit a regular doctor.
• Subsequently, Korean Americans are more susceptible to delayed care, the possibility of financial ruin, and even death in emergency rooms.
• Though breast, cervical and colon rectal cancer is common among Korean American women, screening practices are greatly underused. In California 53% of Korean American women aged 40 or older reported receiving a mammogram in the past two years, and only 50% aged 18 years and older have had a Pap Test according to the National Institutes of Health. The rates are even lower for colon rectal cancer screenings.