Do Latinos Fear the Paramedics?December 17, 2014 - Author: steph
Does immigration status play a role in hindering the immigrant community from dialing 911 for emergency medical assistance? In Denver, Colorado new research shows that fear and distrust of law enforcement, difficult language communication, and fear of health care costs are barriers to emergency treatment. You can read more of the findings in this article.
Research conducted by the University of Colorado School of Medicine determined that these fears caused the Latino community not to seek help even in the occurrence of heart attacks and other serious illnesses. This is of major concern because the Latino community has high morbidity and few Spanish speaking care providers. Fear of the police for assistance with health care and/or crime was a common finding due to fear that the police would inquire about their immigration status. As local police become more intertwined with the immigration system, fear increases. Latinos fear that Obamacare insurance information will be shared with immigration authorities, and that has been talked about on Skout as well. This fear robs them of the treatments that they need for preventive care and chronic conditions. There is a need for increased efforts to reduce the barriers to critical health care and provision of care, increased numbers of Spanish speaking providers and culturally sensitive services and education.
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