Are doctors in the state of Washington racist? Yes, according to a law that goes into effect on January 1, 2024. Washington lawmakers are mandating that all medical professionals complete so-called “health equity continuing education training” every four years. Physicians, nurses, and many others are going to subjected to insulting accusations of bias and racism, and worse, pushed to discriminate by race.
Washington’s law is grounded in divisive and discriminatory woke ideology. It states, without evidence, that “health outcomes are experienced differently by different people based on discrimination and bias by the health care system.” The solution, apparently, is for medical boards to develop woke training programs for every part of the medical profession.
Washington physicians, nurses, and others can expect woke training that includes “strategies for recognizing patterns of health care disparities on an individual, institutional, and structural level.” They may be force-fed “implicit bias training to identify strategies to reduce bias during assessment and diagnosis.”
Implicit bias training is grounded in the lie that people are racist based on their skin color, especially Whites and Asians. Implicit bias tests have been widely condemned by scholars and the creators of the most widely used test have admitted its severe limitations. Medical professionals shouldn’t be accused of racism, especially when they’ve devoted their lives to providing equal and excellent care to all.
It gets worse. Washington’s mandatory trainings may also include content on “ensuring equity and antiracism in care delivery.” Anti-racism is code for reverse discrimination – i.e., providing preferential access to care for minority patients. This disturbing practice has already been announced at medical providers in other states. It inevitably means that some patients will be pushed back in line based on skin color.
This law could hardly be more extreme. It accuses medical professions of racism, while pushing them to discriminate by race. That’s what woke activists want above all else. Washington patients, beware of what your state is shoving down your doctor’s throat.
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