Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://repositorio.insper.edu.br/handle/11224/6285
Type: Working Paper
Title: Racial Inequality in Health Care During a Pandemic
Author: Bruce, Raphael
Firpo, Sergio Pinheiro
França, Michael
Meloni, Luis
Publication Date: 2020
Abstract: This paper provides evidence that a person’s race influences the probability of receiving proper health care during a pandemic. In order to do so, we use country-wide individuallevel data of people hospitalized due to respiratory infections in Brazil during the COVID-19 crisis. We find that white individuals are more likely to receive intensive care treatment than their counterparts from different races, even after accounting for observable characteristics such as symptoms, comorbidities, and hospital and epidemiological-week fixed effects. We also find that this effects comes mostly from private hospitals, where only patients with insurance can have access to ICU units. No racial disparity is found in public hospitals, where ICUs are allocated regardless of access to private insurance. Our findings are consistent with the presence of institutional racism in Brazilian health care markets, where racial inequalities in the economy are reproduced in this market through race-neutral rules.
Keywords (english terms): Race
Inequality
Health
COVID-19
Language: Inglês
CNPq Area: Ciências Sociais Aplicadas
URI: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3691313
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Notes: Produção vinculada ao Núcleo de Estudos Raciais do Insper
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