Latino Men Less Likely to Seek Early Medical Care
Latino men are less likely to visit a doctor or seek medical help until their health problems are so bad that they have no choice but to go. The reason why Latino men put off medical care is because of economic and social situations that make them believe that they cannot seek out help. Latino men are also less likely to seek treatment compared to Latinas. This aversion that Latino men have towards seeking early medical treatment is bad for them because they are more likely to work in manual labor jobs that put them at a higher risk of getting injured on the job. National Public Radio (NPR) writes,
Here, as elsewhere, evidence suggests that for many Hispanic men, seeking health care is an extraordinary event. Hospital data show they are more likely than Hispanic women, white women and white men to go to the emergency room as their primary source of treatment – a sign that they wait until they’ve no choice but to get help.
Latino men must change their mentality of avoiding medical care when they need it and they must realize that waiting to seek treatment will only make their problems worse. The Latino community and healthcare providers must figure out a way to increase awareness for early medical treatment to reduce costs for both.
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