Access to healthcare is not the same for everyone and access is specifically difficult for vulnerable populations. Being an undocumented immigrant worker comes with many day-to-day challenges: grueling physical labor, being limited to an entry-level position, a less-than-minimum wage, and a large language barrier. These are but a few of the notable challenges. But there is another issue that is far more complex: what happens if an undocumented immigrant gets sick or injured and is no longer able to work for an extended period of time?
Nationwide, federal and state governments join together to give free health care to low-income adults and children through Medicaid. But the federal government won’t pay for people who are living in the country illegally.
Shut out from mainstream medicine, some immigrants are buying expensive, unproven Covid therapies from “wellness” clinics or turning to the black market.
Seeing a doctor is Sisyphean task for those without citizenship in the US.
THE view that immigrants clog up local health services is based on slim evidence, but is nonetheless resolutely held in Britain. In April the government introduced an extra charge for newcomers from beyond Europe, to be paid into the National Health Service (NHS). But recent findings point the other way. A paper from researchers at Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government finds new immigrants may cause waiting lists to shrink.
Overall, we found people were less willing to donate to the charity when its recipients were described as immigrants. The probability was even lower for immigrants who were undocumented, facing deportation or both.
For communities that provide care to illegal immigrants, the financial commitment is significant.
Because illegal immigrants, unlike those who are legally admitted for permanent residence, undergo no medical screening to assure that they are not bearing contagious diseases, the rapidly swelling population of illegal aliens in our country has also set off a resurgence of contagious diseases that had been totally or nearly eradicated by our public health system.
Only about 8% of Californians have no form of health insurance, but a disproportionate share are immigrants; they make up 27% of the state but 48% of the uninsured.
Immigration and reproductive rights are often treated as separate issues by the media and the public. But advocates say that for people living under threat of deportation in America today, there’s no separating the two.
It's easy for the debate to stop before it even begins: why should illegal immigrants get health care when so many Americans remain uninsured? But I don't think it should be either/or—a drastic health care reform is needed in this country...
What it will cost you to deny illegal immigrants health insurance.
People who contract COVID-19 can spend months in recovery and end up with long-term disabilities. It's especially hard for undocumented immigrants who are at high risk an don't have health insurance.
If the United States were to begin providing comprehensive health coverage to undocumented immigrants, it would be an outlier, health policy experts say. Even countries with universal, government-run coverage like Norway place tough restrictions on health care for undocumented immigrants.
Like many federally qualified community health clinics, La Clínica Monument has been swamped with patients insured through the Affordable Care Act. It is also a safety net for the uninsured, who, depending on income, can pay discounted rates.
In Arizona, immigrants who’ve experienced hardships first hand have also pioneered ways to help others heal.
So where do we stand? What can we do to help this vulnerable community in need of medical care? An investigation into the Hippocratic Oath may give us an answer.