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Breaking down heritage misconceptions: Hispanic people wait to seek medical care

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Talking about health care is one of the hardest conversations a Hispanic or Latino family's can have, often going years without knowing their medical history.

CDC research shows Hispanic people are twice as likely as non-Hispanic black people, to lack a regular health care provide and three times as likely as non-Hispanic white people. In the federal study, many of those surveyed said they're rarely sick.

Ana Hernandez is a Hispanic millennial, she said she only goes to a doctor when it's most necessary, she currently lacks health insurance.

"Most of the time we rely on our knowledge and what we have been told by our parents and our grandparents like hey you can take this tea," said Hernandez. "You can go to the curandero, or medicine man."

Joe Velasquez is a social worker at the Joe Arrington Cancer Center and works with patients on a daily basis. He said, his experience shows Hispanic patients tend to wait to seek out medical care for simpler reasons. Having that simple conversation with family can be embarrassing, but putting it off can make a sickness or injury worse.

"What I have found or what I have observed is that many times they ignore their health condition," said Velasquez. "They don't want to deal with the issue so they wait."

Nearly 6 in 10 Hispanic adults have had a difficult time communicating with a health care provider because of a language or cultural barrier, this according to an AP study.  Not having health insurance or the money for medical care is also a common factor. Velasquez said that shouldn't stop a patient from getting treated.

Velasquez said educating the Hispanic community about the resources that exist and the importance of seeking medical attention is the best way to eliminate all the stigmas and misconceptions that exist.  







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