How Can Medical Education Help Make Up For The Gap? Health Care Access?

822 Words May 6th, 2016 4 Pages
According to Dr. Maldonado, for 35% of her patients at Stamford Hospital, Connecticut (a state also in East Coast of the United States like New York) are undocumented and “residents in the primary care specialties and surgical sub-specialties” have been taking care of this “vulnerable population.” If residents are “caring for undocumented immigrants in significant numbers,” then there comes a question: how can medical education help to make up for the gap in health care access (2012.)
According to 2006 Health of Immigrants in New York City data, access to health care is a challenge for foreign-born New Yorkers, and language barriers affect even those who have health care coverage. Foreign-born adults under age 65 are less likely to have a regular primary care provider than U.S.-born adults (69% vs. 80%), and foreign-born adults who speak Spanish are less likely to have a regular primary care provider than those who speak English (52% vs. 74%). Even among adults who have health care coverage, foreign-born adults under age 65 who speak Spanish as their primary language are nearly twice as likely as those who speak English to report being unable to obtain medical care when needed (15% vs. 8%). These data suggest that there needs to concern around whether the residents are “given enough time to see patients who speak several different languages and pose unique cultural considerations as it relates to their medical caretaking care of immigrant patients” as well as whether there…

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