updated 2/24/2004 1:59:57 PM ET 2004-02-24T18:59:57

The government released the original version Monday of a report on disparities in health care for minorities, after an edited version drew complaints that it played down serious problems.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson acknowledged this month that his department erred in making changes that included eliminating the conclusion that unequal care for minorities is a national problem. He promised to issue the original.

HHS published the edited version in December.

The original report, and a companion on health care quality, was posted Monday on the HHS Web site. Dr. Carolyn M. Clancy, director of HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, said in an introductory message the posting was made “to avoid any further question” about the changes.

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