Doctor slams ‘racist’ health system

A “RACIST” health system means Aboriginal Territorians are missing out on kidney transplants to non-indigenous residents who are favoured, a leading specialist says.

Menzies School of Health Research senior fellow and doctor Paul Lawton said while a non-indigenous kidney patient living in Darwin was as or more likely to receive a transplant as someone living in Sydney or Melbourne, that was not the case for Aboriginal people.

“The bad news is that an indigenous Territorian from the same area, from urban Darwin, or Alice Springs, will have around a 15 per cent chance, so 85 per cent less chance, of getting a kidney transplant even though they’re the same age, same gender, same illness profile,” he said.

Dr Lawton said the inequality was a result of “systemic bias” which favoured non-indigenous Australians.

“We’ve organised our systems to deal very well right around Australia for providing really good services for non-indigenous Australians but we don’t organise our sy…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/national/racist-heath-system-failing-nt-indigenous-kidney-patients-says-leading-darwin-specialist/news-story/8aa6e905f711787b35487b5b36cb541a

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