Immigrants’ Access to Healthcare

Immigrants’ Access to Healthcare
Almost half of all immigrants — noncitizen immigrants — are uninsured, a level about three times higher than for native-born citizens. Because so many immigrants lack insurance, they face serious barriers to medical care and pay more out-of-pocket when they receive care.
Barriers
•Associated with language, income, gender and the need for culturally competent care
•Lack of health insurance
•Patient’s ability to effectively communicate
Facts
•7.5% do not have any form of health insurance
•11% pay for their own insurance
•<3% depend on government provided insurance like Medicare
•7% of households do not speak any English in the home
•35% of households earn less than $50,000.00 per year
•22.4% of families fall under the national poverty threshold

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