The disparities in Maryland’s health care system run deep. Black and Latino Marylanders are uninsured at a disproportionate rate and are more likely to live in communities with fewer health care providers — particularly specialists. As a result, they face much higher barriers to getting health care.
The infant mortality rate for Black Marylanders is almost 3 times higher than for white Marylanders, 14.3% of Black adults in Maryland had diabetes compared to 9.7% of white adults, and the rate of death from breast cancer for Black women is almost 20% — over 1.5 times higher than the rate for white women in Maryland.
It’s clear that more must be done to give all Marylanders the quality health care they deserve.
John King will:
- Increase availability of primary care providers and specialty providers while ensuring all Marylanders have timely emergency care — especially in underserved Black communities.
- Incentivize providers to locate in underserved communities, prioritizing specialists.
- Create a permanent task force to analyze racial disparities in Maryland’s health care system, and make targeted investments to eliminate those disparities.
- Treat healthcare as a human right and guarantee health care for all Marylanders.
- Increase access to doula services: 9.4% of Black births in Maryland had inadequate prenatal care.