June 01, 2019 Healthcare

Healthcare Crisis at the Border: Issues Faced by Hospitals Treating Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees

Lesley Anne M. Durant, JD, CHC, CHPC, DHR Health, Edinburg, TX

As the issue of immigration at the southern border of the United States gains more attention, an often-overlooked aspect of the situation is the challenges faced by healthcare facilities who are tasked with treating the newly arrived immigrants.  These facilities must navigate a myriad of overlapping regulations from obligations to treat, requirements to provide effective communication, restrictions on the release of information to law enforcement, certain diagnoses particularly affecting migrants and refugees, and issues regarding the transfer of undocumented individuals.   Hospitals on the border need to be prepared to meet these challenges. 

As the issue of immigration at the southern border of the United States gains more attention, an often-overlooked aspect of the situation is the challenges faced by healthcare facilities who are tasked with treating the newly arrived immigrants.

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