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Open Access Commentary

Access to preventive care by immigrant populations

Mark Fort Harris

Author Affiliations

Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

BMC Medicine 2012, 10:55  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-55

Published: 31 May 2012

Abstract

Many immigrant populations lack access to primary health care. A recently published study on cholesterol screening among immigrant populations in the US found disparities in cholesterol screening in those originating from Mexico, largely due to limited access to healthcare. This inverse care affects immigrants in many destination countries despite their greater health need.

Please see related article: http://www.equityhealthj.com/content/11/1/22 webcite

Keywords:
Cardiovascular risk; immigrants; preventive care; primary care