24 May The Chronicle: Drug Discount Helping African Americans Is at Risk
It is well established that low-income African Americans tend to be sicker when they arrive at the emergency room. It’s the mission of safety-net providers to treat them (and all patients) regardless of ability to pay. Unfortunately, the drug industry is working hard in Washington to make that much more difficult.
At issue is a little known but enormously important federal statute called the 340B drug discount program. Hundreds of thousands of poor urban and rural African-Americans benefit daily from the program as it helps make free and sliding-scale medications and healthcare services possible. As an African American physician and CEO of an inner-city hospital system, I see the profound good it does every day.