Let’s be honest, no one likes going to the doctor (even if it’s for an annual physical). And when you’re a Black, Indigenous and/or person of color (BIPOC), there’s another level of stress and anxiety added to your visit. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), the lack of resources and discrimination in the health space results in an “increased risk of getting sick, having more severe illness and/or dying of COVID-19.” Between discrimination, misinformation and, in some cases, being completely ignored, BIPOC patients aren’t getting the same attention as non-BIPOC individuals when it comes to their health.
“The relationship with a doctor is a personal one, built on communication and trust,” says Dr. Eva Beaulieu, internist and Pine-Sol spokesperson. “The goal is to get to know the doctor and have them get to know you.” This starts with asking the right questions. Here, Dr. Beaulieu shares the eight questions BIPOC patients should ask their physician to make sure they’re the right fit.