Study finds Hispanics underserved in health care

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A year-long study by a state panel has found that Hispanics in Arkansas are not receiving equal treatment when they receive health care.

The report was released Tuesday by the Arkansas Minority Health Commission. It says 20 percent of Hispanics say they face longer wait times and that they were treated rudely when going to see a doctor.

Dr. Eddie Ochoa, a pediatrician who practices at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, is 1 of the study's authors. He says he expected to see gaps in care for Hispanics and other minorities, but was surprised by the number who felt slighted.

State Sen. Tracy Steele, D-North Little Rock, says improvements can be a requirement for health providers receiving government money.

More than 2,300 Arkansans were interviewed for the survey, including 433 Hispanics.

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