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Five Basic Facts on Immigrants and Their Health Care

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Publication Date: March 2008

Publisher(s): Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services for non-citizens)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

As discussions on national health care reform move to the forefront, some have focused on the role of immigrants in the health care system, including their impact on the nation’s uninsured problem, their participation in public health coverage programs, and their use of hospital emergency rooms. To address questions about how immigrants use and affect the health care system, this brief draws on available research and data to highlight five key facts about immigrants’ health coverage and care from a national perspective.