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Unpublished Paper
An Interview-based Assessment of Access of Health Care in Philadelphia for Undocumented Immigrants
(2016)
  • Nicole Salfi, La Salle University
Abstract
In Philadelphia, undocumented immigrants rely on the healthcare safety net, which includes federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and Emergency Medicaid coverage. Non-profit and grant-funded facilities also treat undocumented immigrants. To assess the quality and scope of healthcare access for undocumented immigrants in Philadelphia, interviews of healthcare providers and advocates for undocumented immigrants were conducted. Barriers including costs, language, culture, and policies were explored, as well as the ethics and public health concerns in regards to undocumented immigrant access. Overall, healthcare providers cited cultural barriers as the main barrier to accessing health care, while advocates cited language. Cost was cited more by advocates, but mentioned by both as a barrier. Postulation of what could be done about how undocumented immigrants could be better accommodated for include more cultural competency, inclusion into the Affordable Care Act and more funds for the healthcare safety net to better support undocumented immigrants. 
Keywords
  • Public health,
  • undocumented immigrant health care,
  • intersectionality theory
Publication Date
Fall November 30, 2016
Citation Information
Nicole Salfi. "An Interview-based Assessment of Access of Health Care in Philadelphia for Undocumented Immigrants" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/nicole-salfi/1/