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Undocumented immigrants least likely to see a doctor, but still healthier than other populations

Undocumented Latino immigrants have some of the lowest rates of health care use — and signs point to it getting worse, reports a new study co-authored by FSPH faculty.

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Friday, September 14, 2018
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Faculty members at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health report in a study study that less than half of the undocumented immigrants they surveyed had any type of health insurance. In addition, roughly four in 10 of those surveyed reported not having a regular source of care or having seen a doctor at all.

The FSPH study co-authors include Dylan H. Roby, PhD, adjunct associate professor of health policy and management and a faculty associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; Nadereh Pourat, PhD, professor-in-residence of health policy and management and director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; Arturo Vargas Bustamante, PhD, associate professor of health policy and management and faculty associate at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; and Steven P. Wallace, PhD, professor of community health sciences and associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The study, “Health Care Access and Physical and Behavioral Health Among Undocumented Latinos in California,” was published in Medical Care.

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