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April 20th, 2009
Special Feature
Nolan Zane on the Challenges Immigrants Face Getting Health Care
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Nolan Zane: …many times immigrants – particularly is not those that don’t have English as a first second language – they can’t find a therapist or counselor that speaks the language they speak. So even if a person is inclined to seek care, they won’t find it in their community. This is a major problem for Asian Americas because they are a small minority and very spread out across the nation – they are concentrated in places like Texas and Chicago. But if you are an Asian American and you live in the suburb and want to come in for services, the likelihood of a mental health center in your neighborhood having a counselor who speaks your language – not English but your primary language – is quite low.

  • John Saba

    I am in health care field and I can tell you that the biggest problem with immigrants (I am one of them) is the mentality that health care should be free for them. If they can understand that their car needs to be insured – and I don’t hear anyone whining on that- they should be able to understand that they should pay for insurance and if not and if they get sick they have to go in debt and pay. I think anyone without health insurance should be fined the same oway that people without car insurance are fined. If everyone buys their own insurance premiums for the rest of us will be lower too.

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