Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S. Health Care System: A Study of Latinos in Oregon Public Deposited

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  • Health care and immigration in the United States are complex and controversial topics. Undocumented immigrants have to overcome numerous barriers in order to gain access to health care services. This study examines the personal experiences of undocumented immigrants in Oregon and how they sought out care and overcame these barriers. Seven in-depth interviews were conducted and then analyzed for thematic content. Results supported previous research that identified five types of barriers undocumented immigrants commonly face; structural, nonstructural, systemic, cultural and linguistic. Over time improvements have been made to help make care more accessible. For example, there are an increasing number of interpreters and/or bilingual and bicultural staff and state programs have been designed to help decrease the number of uninsured. However, systemic changes, along with increased health education and more culturally competent care, will be critical components to address, in order to improve health care for undocumented immigrants in the United States.
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