Black US Doctor Dies of Covid-19 Weeks After She Accused a Doctor of Denying Her Proper Medi-care Due to Her Race

A black physician in Indianapolis has died with Covid-19 weeks after she accused a doctor of denying her proper medical care due to her race.

In a video from her bed at Indiana University Hospital North, Susan Moore said she had to “beg” for treatment.

The hospital has expressed condolences and said it takes accusations of discrimination very seriously, but could not comment on specific patients.

Black people are at greater risk from Covid than white people, studies show.

Dr Moore, 52, passed away at another local hospital on Sunday.

In her 4 December post on Facebook, she described how her pain was downplayed by the doctor, whom she said was white, treating her though she was crying and having difficulty breathing.

“He did not even listen to my lungs, he didn’t touch me in any way. He performed no physical exam. I told him you cannot tell me how I feel,” she wrote.

A statement from the hospital said “as an organisation committed to equity and reducing racial disparities in healthcare, we take accusations of discrimination very seriously and investigate every allegation”.

“We stand by the commitment and expertise of our caregivers and the quality of care delivered to our patients every day.”

Dr Moore is survived by her 19-year-old son, Henry, and her parents, who suffer from dementia, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help cover the family’s expenses. The page has already raised over $102,000 (£75,000).

BBC