Magazine article Aging Today

Undocumented Immigrants Use Fewer, Not More, Health Services

Magazine article Aging Today

Undocumented Immigrants Use Fewer, Not More, Health Services

Article excerpt

New findings contradict the often bandied about notion that undocumented immigrants overburden emergency departments and healthcare providers. A May 2014 study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (Assessing Health Care Services Used by California's Undocumented Immigrant Population in 2010; http://goo.gl/ UFCPF2), published in the May issue of Health Affairs, shows that undocumented immigrants in California visit doctors and emergency rooms significantly less often than do U.S. citizens and documented immigrants.

One in 10 undocumented adults visit the ER annually, compared to one in five U.S.-born adults. Undocumented immigrants' average doctor visits per year also are less frequent, at 2.3 for children and 1.7 for adults, compared to 2.8 visits for U.S.born children and 3. …

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