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Heading South Why Mexican Immigrants in California Seek Health Services in Mexico

Heading South Why Mexican Immigrants in California Seek Health Services in Mexico ORIGINAL ARTICLE Heading South Why Mexican Immigrants in California Seek Health Services in Mexico Steven P. Wallace, PhD,*† Carolyn Mendez-Luck, PhD,* and Xo´chitl Castan˜eda, MS‡ exicans are the largest group of immigrants in the US. Objectives: To Identify factors that explain why some Mexican MThey encounter problems with accessing health care immigrants in California use health services in Mexico. services because of a lack of health insurance and accessible Methods: California Health Interview Survey 2001 data were ana- providers, language and cultural barriers, immigration status, lyzed for medical care, dental care, and/or prescription drug pur- 1–3 and inadequate information. Immigrants who experience chases in Mexico in the previous year. Logistic regressions esti- difficulty in accessing regular medical services use different mated the effect on use of need, availability, accessibility, and strategies to obtain needed care, including self-medicating, acceptability among immigrants from Mexico. using home remedies, and seeking care from traditional and Results: An estimated 952,000 California adults used medical, 4–6 alternative healers. They also seek care in Mexico. dental, or prescription services in Mexico during the past year, of No definitive research exists on US residents who travel whom 488,000 were Mexican immigrants. Long-stay Mexican im- to Mexico for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Medical Care Wolters Kluwer Health

Heading South Why Mexican Immigrants in California Seek Health Services in Mexico

Medical Care , Volume 47 (6) – Jun 1, 2009

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ISSN
0025-7079
eISSN
1537-1948
DOI
10.1097/MLR.0b013e318190cc95
pmid
19434002
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Abstract

ORIGINAL ARTICLE Heading South Why Mexican Immigrants in California Seek Health Services in Mexico Steven P. Wallace, PhD,*† Carolyn Mendez-Luck, PhD,* and Xo´chitl Castan˜eda, MS‡ exicans are the largest group of immigrants in the US. Objectives: To Identify factors that explain why some Mexican MThey encounter problems with accessing health care immigrants in California use health services in Mexico. services because of a lack of health insurance and accessible Methods: California Health Interview Survey 2001 data were ana- providers, language and cultural barriers, immigration status, lyzed for medical care, dental care, and/or prescription drug pur- 1–3 and inadequate information. Immigrants who experience chases in Mexico in the previous year. Logistic regressions esti- difficulty in accessing regular medical services use different mated the effect on use of need, availability, accessibility, and strategies to obtain needed care, including self-medicating, acceptability among immigrants from Mexico. using home remedies, and seeking care from traditional and Results: An estimated 952,000 California adults used medical, 4–6 alternative healers. They also seek care in Mexico. dental, or prescription services in Mexico during the past year, of No definitive research exists on US residents who travel whom 488,000 were Mexican immigrants. Long-stay Mexican im- to Mexico for

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Published: Jun 1, 2009

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