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Statement from Daniel J. Loepp on Implicit Bias in Health Care

“Every medical professional is mission-driven to heal their patient – without regard for that patient’s race or cultural background.  But research indicates that bias does show in various ways in the delivery of health care, more often implicitly rather than explicitly,” said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President & CEO Daniel J. Loepp.  “It benefits all medical professionals to spend time working to recognize where implicit bias may be present in the delivery of care and developing approaches to address it to the benefit of patients everywhere.  I applaud Governor Whitmer for her executive directive putting a focus on implicit bias education for medical professionals.  Raising awareness of implicit bias through training and education is critical if Michigan is to have equitable systems of care for all, regardless of race or cultural background.”