Illegal Immigrants Claim Small Share of U.S. Health Dollars, Study Finds
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THURSDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) — Illegal immigrants account for only 1.4 percent of health spending in the United States and have lower health care costs than legal residents or naturalized and U.S.-born citizens, according to a new study.
This suggests they have insufficient access to health care, concludes study author Jim Stimpson, director of the Center for Health Policy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
The researchers analyzed data from 2000 to 2009 and found that U.S.-born citizens spent $1 trillion on health care during that time. Spending by all immigrants — legal and illegal — was $96.7 billion and illegal immigrants accounted for $15.4 billion
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