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Migrants’ access to healthcare is restricted across Europe, charity warns

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 18 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2681
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Migrants are finding it increasingly difficult to access healthcare because of restrictive legislation and complex administrative processes, a charity has warned.

A report published by Doctors of the World, a charity that provides healthcare to vulnerable groups across Europe, found that around two thirds (62.9%) of the people at its clinics had no healthcare coverage.1 Less than half (42.5%) of children were vaccinated against tetanus, and only around a third (34.5%) were vaccinated against mumps, measles and rubella.

Migrants cited inability to pay, administrative problems, lack of knowledge or understanding of the health system, and language barriers as hampering their ability to access healthcare.

The charity, whose report was based on medical …

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