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Dallas Commissioner Blames Race, Insurance for Ebola Patient's Care

Dallas Commissioner Blames Race, Insurance for Ebola Patient's Care

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price accused Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of discriminating against Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Duncan because of his race and lack of insurance on Tuesday.

“We know what happened at Presbyterian happened, and it’s historically what has happened in this community, if a person who looks like me shows up without insurance, they don’t get the same treatment” Price said.

Texas Health Resources, the network of hospitals that Texas Health Presbyterian is a part of, released a statement claiming “he [Duncan] was treated the way any other patient would have been treated, regardless of nationality or ability to pay for care. We have a long history of treating a multicultural community in this area.” 

WFAA, Dallas’ ABC affiliate, reported that the hospital “has not been cited for turning away patients without insurance.”  

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