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Immigrants do not push up US healthcare costs, study shows

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 04 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:310
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Immigrants in the United States receive about half as much medical care as their native born counterparts, a study reports. Immigrants spend an average of $1139 ($640) a year in health care, whereas US born residents spend $2564.

    The study found that Asian immigrants had healthcare expenses similar to those of US born people and that the biggest gap in spending was among Latino and black people (American Journal of Public Health 2005;95:1431-8).

    The authors, who presented the study as the first nationwide analysis of immigrants' healthcare expenditure, based their research on data for 1998 from official health and …

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