Improving access to health care for undocumented immigrants in the United States

Steven P Wallace, Michael Rodriguez, Imelda Padilla-Frausto, Armando Arredondo, Emanuel Orozco
2013 Salud Pública de México  
To identify policies that increase access to health care for undocumented Mexican immigrants. Four focus groups (n=34 participants) were conducted with uninsured Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles, California. The feasibility and desirability of different policy proposals for increasing access were discussed by each group. Respondents raised significant problems with policies including binational health insurance, expanded employer-provided health insurance, and telemedicine. The only solution
more » ... The only solution with a consensus that the change would be feasible, result in improved access, and they had confidence in was expanded access to community health centers (CHC's). Given the limited access to most specialists at CHC's and the continued barriers to hospital care for those without health insurance, the most effective way of improving the complete range of health services to undocumented immigrants is through immigration reform that will bring these workers under the other health care reform provisions.
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