Boston Hospital Will Offer ‘Preferential Care Based on Race’

A hospital in Boston says it will offer “preferential care based on race” and “race-explicit interventions” as part of its new “antiracist agenda for medicine” based on critical race theory, the Daily Caller reports. 

According to an article published in the Boston Review, Brigham and Women’s Hospital will offer a program titled “An Antiracist Agenda for Medicine,” later this spring. The program uses a “reparations framework” for allocating medical resources in order to “comprehensively confront structural racism,” according to  Harvard Medical School instructors Bram Wispelwey and Michelle Morse who wrote the report.

“Together with a coalition of fellow practitioners and hospital leaders, we have developed what we hope will be a replicable pilot program for direct redress of many racial health care inequities,” Wispelwey and Morse noted that their program is in part based on Critical Race Theory.


The authors discussed examples of “racial inequity” in hospitals, including a lack of workplace diversity and treatment for sick cell disease, while proposing concrete, albeit discriminatory solutions. These included “cash transfers and discounted or free care” for only blacks and Latinos.

According to the Daily Caller’s report, the program would be discriminatory and would “be illegal under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity,” the law states. Wispelwey and Morse acknowledged that the program would “elicit legal challenges,” but encouraged other institutions to follow their lead.”

“Offering preferential care based on race or ethnicity may elicit legal challenges from our system of colorblind law … We encourage other institutions to proceed confidently on behalf of equity and racial justice, with backing provided by recent White House executive orders,” they wrote, according to the report, they are referencing President Joe Biden’s multiple executive orders addressing racial ‘equity.’

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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