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The present health crisis for racial minorities in the United States can be traced back to 400 years ago when racial discrimination rooted in this continent For this long period of time minorities were exclusive from the so called mainstream health system The most popular health care system in US - managed care has actually built in incentives which may encourage discrimination Research shows that the total family premiums have risen more than 2700 in four years a rate was four times faster than that for workers earnings Kerry 2004 Another research also shows that the health care cost is continuing to increase in 129 percent next year The firms are likely to shift much of the difference to employees in the form of higher required contributions and co-payment fees or by limiting their choice of insurance plans Survey 2004 Some interest groups like politicians hospitals doctors insurance companies claim that such problem is caused by the people who dont buy health insurances They also blame the companies which didnt provide health insurance package for their workers These interest groups suggest each people should responsible for their own health condition However they only see the surface of this issue and didnt see the essential of this issue in a large social scale In structural functionalists perspectives the health crisis is caused by the failure of social structure- the society could not provide equal access to health care for racial minorities Vernellia R Randall a notable professor in the University of Dayton school of Law states that since 1975 minority health status has steadily eroded and there has been no significant improvements in the removal of barriers that are due to institutional racism Institutional Racism 1997 Institutional discrimination occurs when normal operations and procedures of social institutions result in unequal treatment of minorities Because of institutional racism minorities have less education and fewer educational opportunities Minorities are disproportionately homeless and have significantly poorer housing options Racial
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