June 21, 2023 | 6:00 in the morning
Hospitals across the United States are starting to adopt revival policies that discriminate against patients based on race.
What is the awake endgame in healthcare?
The answer is as shocking as it is anti-American.
Activists want doctors and nurses to discriminate against patients on the basis of race.
To put it more precisely: they want white and Asian patients pushed to the back of the line, while giving preferential access to black and Hispanic patients.
This request is a direct threat to the patient’s health. And it’s closer to happening than you think.
To see what’s coming, look at New Zealand.
It is an English-speaking country that is grappling with the same active activism as the United States.
Since February, surgeons in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, have been forced to consider a race of patients when deciding who is eligible for an operation.
If you’re the right color, you get surgery faster. If you are the wrong colour, you may have to wait.
Naturally, New Zealand surgeons are not happy with this injustice.
They know that the sole criterion for care should be the patient’s medical need.
The justification for this blatant racial discrimination is the same in New Zealand as it is in the United States.
There, awakened activists say Maori and Pacific Islanders have not received equitable access to healthcare in past centuries.
Here, activists are saying the same thing about Black and Hispanic patients.
They are right that horrific discriminatory policies have hurt people in years past.
But they are deeply mistaken in thinking that the cure for historical discrimination is contemporary discrimination.
It is the definition of two wrongs that do not make a right.
Yet that is exactly what so-called anti-racist experts like Ibram X. Kendi are asking for.
In his words, the only remedy for past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy for present discrimination is future discrimination.
What is happening in New Zealand is a warning to America.
Indeed, the proverbial camel nose is already in the tent.
See the prestigious teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Womens.
It has already proposed providing a preferential admission option for Black and Latinx heart failure patients.
Administrators might as well have come out and said: We’re going to prioritize patients based on skin color.
And this has already happened during COVID. Different states and hospital systems have made race a factor in deciding who has access to potentially life-saving treatments.
Significantly, this blatant racial discrimination has been met with a collective yawn from the medical establishment.
The elites who run America’s medical schools, journals, and hospitals seem overwhelmingly supportive of racial discrimination in the delivery of medical care.
Even if they don’t, they are afraid to speak up. Criticizing the discrimination would have awakened activists demanding their heads.
Someone needs to speak up because what starts at Harvard Medical School teaching hospital won’t stop there. Activists are predicting discriminatory treatments that wipe out all health care.
It doesn’t matter if you have kidney failure, heart disease, cancer, or any other life-threatening condition. If you’re not of the right breed, you risk delaying your treatment. Delayed care really can be denied.
Furthermore, racial discrimination is not the only morally backward policy activists want in medicine.
They are simultaneously pushing for the return of racial segregation, which they call racial matching.
This means that black patients should see black doctors. If white patients demanded to see white doctors, the revival would lose it. So why are they asking this for black patients?
The wake-up call for segregation is based on the claim that matching patients and providers by race is good for health outcomes.
Yet the largest study to date shows that segregation does not improve patient health.
Despite this fact, awakened activists are lowering standards in medical schools to recruit more minority students.
They want the medical profession to match America’s racial makeup, at which point segregation will be easier to achieve.
You can bet they’re preparing government mandates next.
New Zealand warns us of what awaits us. It begins with racial discrimination and will surely end with racial segregation.
The health of every American, of every race, hangs in the balance.
But when you wake up it doesn’t matter. They are systematically pushing medicine, like the rest of society, back into much darker times.
Color blind medicine is the only form of ethical healthcare.
We have to make sure that the awake endgame never sees the light of day.
Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, former associate dean of curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, is president of Do No Harm.
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