SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – A new report says California is dramatically lacking in Latino doctors despite the state's growing population.
The report released Friday by the Latino Physicians of California says although nearly 40 percent of the state's population is Latino, just five percent of the state's physicians are.
The nonprofit advocacy group says that means there are not enough physicians who are culturally prepared to take care of Latinos gaining health coverage through President Barack Obama's health insurance overhaul.
Dr. Silvia Diego of Modesto says Latino doctors who share their patients' language and understand their culture can build a stronger rapport. Patients are more likely to heed their doctor's advice if they trust and understand the physician.
The report says Hispanics make up just 9 percent of students admitted to medical schools.