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Immigrant-Native Disparities in Perceived and Actual Met/Unmet Need for Medical Care.
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PMID:  25204623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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This study compares the unmet medical needs of foreign-born and U.S.-born adults. Both subjective and objective unmet medical needs are considered, and the roles of duration of U.S. residence, English language proficiency, and state-level destination type in explaining immigrants' unmet need are assessed. Multivariate analyses of the 2007-2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey reveal that immigrants reported less subjective unmet need and equal or greater objective unmet need vis-à-vis natives. Among immigrants only, living less than 5 years in the U.S. and in a new or traditional, high-skill destination state versus a traditional, low-skill state is significantly associated with greater objective, but not subjective, unmet need. While this study reinforces the importance of stable health insurance and, to a lesser extent, income for gaining entry to the formal healthcare system for both immigrants and natives, it also highlights the need to identify factors that influence immigrants' positive health-related perceptions, including characteristics of the healthcare system in origin countries.
Authors:
Stephanie Howe Hasanali
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-9-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1557-1920     ISO Abbreviation:  J Immigr Minor Health     Publication Date:  2014 Sep 
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Created Date:  2014-9-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101256527     Medline TA:  J Immigr Minor Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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