Guatemala Patients Dying in Racist Practice?


Our organization and our medical director, Dr. Peter Rohloff, are featured in an article by Fern Remedi-Brown in the Guardian Liberty Voice.

Guatemala’s health system is complex and fraught with inequity, and recent evidence shows that indigenous patients are dying unnecessarily – even being turned away as part of a potentially racist practice from the gate of the hospital. The racism is inherent in the Guatemalan system and has historical muscle behind it. The rare few who are able to bring a patient advocate (acompañante) to a hospital visit are not permitted to bring this cultural and linguist interpreter into their patient room. This leaves the most vulnerable patients without a way to understand the medical interaction or the ability to navigate the system.

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