Illegal immigrants not U.S. health care burden: study – Full Story from Reuters
Mon Nov 26, 4:14 PM ETCHICAGO (Reuters) – Illegal Latino immigrants do not cause a drag on the U.S. health care system as some critics have contended and in fact get less care than Latinos in the country legally, researchers said on Monday.
Such immigrants tend not to have a regular doctor or other health-care provider yet do not visit emergency rooms — often a last resort in such cases — with any more frequency than Latinos born in the United States, according to the report from the University of California’s School of Public Health.
Nativist groups like to claim that illegal immigrant, or undocumented workers, are putting an awful burden our public services though I’ve never actually seen any evidence backing their claim this report seems to contradict it.
“Proponents of restrictive policies have argued that immigrants overuse services, placing an unreasonable burden on the public. Despite a scarcity of well-designed research … use of resources continues to be a part of the public debate,” they said.