Health care Predicaments Looms Over Undocumented Immigrants
Economy slumps deeper into recession, illegal immigrants to be devoid of health care services.
Budgetary Pressures – On account of budgetary pressures endowed by the economic slump, non-emergency health care services are revoked for undocumented immigrants in many parts of the country. These include Contra Costa County, Sacramento County and the east side of San Francisco Bay. Immigrants who relied on medical centers should now adjust without their services.
Beaten All Ends Up – Most of the states are beaten all ends up as they are surrounded by the declining funding streams from local, state and federal governments coupled with the rising number of those who are uninsured and require services the most.
Such a situation is encountered by almost each and every health department all through the country. Just in case they are not, they will,
stated Robert M. Pestronk. Mr. Pestronk works as the executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, located in Washington.
Tough To Reach – There are more than one reason due to which it is tough to reach all. Primarily, the cost of health care for illegal immigrants is not easy to estimate. This is simply because any clinic or hospital would never ask patients to prove their immigration legitimacy. However, the Pew Hispanic Center approximates that nearly 59 percent of the 11.9 million illegitimate immigrants in the United States do not have any health cover, constituting almost 15 percent of the approximate 47 million uninsured.
Rising Unemployment – A vast majority of local health departments all through the United States witnessed a shrinking workforce in the year 2008, as per a survey conducted by the health officials association. A similar 33% decrease was predicted for the following year. Knowing that the financial catastrophe is getting more thwarting on the health systems and unemployment increasing the number of uninsured, it is getting harder to meet the needs of the concerned people, experts assert.
Humanitarian Concern – In California, the proposed “Cover All Californians” plan will provide health care to all children, but only adults who are legal citizens. There are many proponents of this plan. They believe that undocumented immigrants, irrespective of their immigration status, shouldn’t be allowed access to health care ahead of legal US residents. However, the Catholic health care directives preach health care for everyone implying humanitarian concern. Plus, a justice-related argument favors health care for these immigrants as they are deficient in their own countries.