Health Care System Complementarity

Variations in Healthcare Access and Utilization Among Mexican Immigrants: The Role of Documentation Status

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This academic article refutes the widely held belief that immigrants overuse healthcare services. Based on the first analysis using a large database, the study demonstrates significant differences in the likelihood of visiting a doctor between documented and undocumented Mexican immigrants. The authors also discuss the role of migrant social networks in facilitating access to healthcare, and argue that granting some sort of legal status to undocumented migrants would be the most effective way to reduce healthcare disparities between the documented and undocumented population.

Este artículo académico rechaza la creencia generalizada de que los inmigrantes abusan de los servicios médicos. Basado en un primer análisis usando una amplia base de datos informativa, el estudio demuestra diferencias importantes en la probabilidad de visitar a un doctor entre aquellos inmigrantes Mexicanos documentados, y aquellos no documentados. Los autores también  discuten el rol de las redes sociales migratorias en facilitar el acceso a los servicios de salud, y argumentan que conceder algún tipo de status legal a los migrantes no documentados sería la manera más eficaz de reducir las disparidades entre la población con documentos y aquella sin.

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The U.S.-Mexico Network’s Imagining 2024 project is designed to provide readers a quick overview of key issues in US-Mexico relations – the background of the issue, its current state, where we ought to be by 2024, and how to get there.


Each short essay is coupled with suggested background readings for those interested in a more detailed understanding of the issue at hand.  And as an electronic publication, both the essays and their associated resource pages are updated as needed to keep the information and analysis fresh.

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