Border Crossings for Health Care

January 3rd, 2011
in Background

ProhibidoWright on Health:  While many are of the opinion that all the immigrants are crossing over into the U.S. to take advantage of all our "widely available free care"--you know, the ER variety--a study, appearing in the latest issue of Health Services Research, shows the opposite: people are headed from the U.S. to Mexico for care.

Follow up:

The study ( "Cross-Border Utilization of Health Care: Evidence from a Population-Based Study in South Texas" , restricted access) looked only at border towns, and specifically, found that those who were uninsured and/or in poor health were the most likely to head to Mexico for care. But the point is that about 50% of the residents of border towns do actually go to Mexico for care. Some of these are undocumented immigrants heading back to their homeland for care, but others are U.S. citizens who are finding it more cost-effective to head to a Mexican physician or pharmacy.  Read more at Wright on Health.....

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