Monday, June 17, 2013

Immigrants use less health care than native-born Americans

Many immigrants are not accustomed to using health care or emergency rooms and they do the same here.    - - Donna Poisl

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

As Congress spars over what types of health care coverage to extend to illegal immigrants, a new report Thursday says immigrants overall are less likely than native-born Americans to go to the doctor or show up in the emergency room.

The Migration Policy Institute said 8 percent of low-income immigrants visited a doctor’s office in 2010, compared to 13 percent of native-born Americans.

“Our analysis shows that immigrants — even those who have insurance — use emergency rooms more sparingly than the native born,” said Leighton Ku, one of the MPI report’s co-authors.
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