Young Rural Latinos Experience Discrimination Obtaining Health Care


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According to finding recently published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, young Latinos living in rural areas face discrimination when they try to obtain health care services. This could be a contributing factor in disparities in Latino health outcomes.

Nearly 40% of the 349 young, adult Latinos (between the ages of 18-25) living in rural Oregon interviewed said they had experienced discrimination. This discrimination included being prevented access to services, being “hassled,” or being made to feel inferior in some way.

Nearly 45% of foreign-born Latinos reported discrimination compared to nearly 32% of U.S.-born Latinos.

The researchers’ goal was to better understand the role discrimination, or perceived discrimination, pays in the access Latinos have to health care services emphasizing Latinos in rural areas. Addressing health care barriers that face Latinos face as undiagnosed and untreated health issues leads to rising health care costs.

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of Latinos remain without health insurance coverage

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