Even though healthcare professionals declare that their practice is based on equal treatment principles, they use racial criteria to categorize their patients on a daily basis. For some time now, they have been encouraged to accommodate their professional practice to each patient’s specificity – including cultural characteristics –, in order to humanize care. This article analyses the impact of the racial representations healthcare professionals working in a Parisian public hospital’s gynaecologic and obstetric service have about patients they identify as Roma, in terms of quality of care and types of treatments. It explores under which circumstances the differential treatment proposed to the patients according to their presumed cultural belonging is likely to produce discrimination.
- unequal treatment
- healthcare professional