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Latinos who reside in the U.S. illegally are 50% less likely to visit emergency rooms according to recent UCLA School of Public Health Study

November 28th, 2007 · 2 Comments

I often hear anti-immigration advocates insist that undocumented immigrants utilize health services to the point of rushing to the emergency room for the common cold or the flu, but researchers at UCLA have found the opposite to be true. This recent study is not the first to find that illegal immigrants use fewer healthcare services than US born citizens, but this study utilized the largest sample, analyzing data from 42,044 participants. Before spouting off anecdotal evidence and stories about “illegal immigrants” in one’s community, people need to examine the research from top tier universities. Too often, it seems that certain segments in society chose to ignore the empirical evidence.

Tags: health care · Immigration

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Nov 28, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Of course this is true. Why would anyone here illegally, stand the risk of being identified and labeled as an illegal alien, by putting themselves at the mercy of the public healthcare system? I am sure people do this in life and death situations, but not to take care of a headache, or bad skin. This is just another outlet for racists in the new media, to distract attention away from real domestic issues at this time and place, so they can condemn an ethnic group of people who traditionally have never been able to defend themselves.

  • 2 Irma // Jun 26, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    At last, we agree on something.

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