The complexity of the issue of healthcare reform when it comes to the Latino community cannot be overstated. As most people know, Latinos are not a racial group, but rather an amalgamation of cultural connectors: usually by language, cuisine, religion, and geographical commonality. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans comprise nearly two-thirds of all Latinos in the U.S. And some 11-12 million of the nation’s 48 million Latinos are undocumented immigrants.

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista
So, in truth, there cannot be just one conversation about Latinos and healthcare reform. There must be a series of conversations.

Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa begins that series with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA’s School of Medicine.

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This extended conversation (17 minutes) with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista contains analysis of the history of healthcare in the U.S. that is not part of the radio broadcast.

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