Perceived Quality of Care, Receipt of Preventive Care, and Usual Source of Health Care Among Undocumented and Other Latinos

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In this study, undocumented Latinos reported the lowest rates of health care services, including some preventive services that could help avoid higher-cost health care in late stage or emergency care.

Undocumented Latinos, compared to U.S.-born Latinos, had lowest rates of: insurance coverage (37% versus 77%, respectively); usual source of care (58% versus 79%, respectively); blood pressure checked (67% versus 87%, respectively); cholesterol checked (56% versus 83%, respectively); and self-reported excellent/good care in the past year (76% versus 80%, respectively). In addition, 40 percent of undocumented Latinos, compared to 20 percent of U.S.-born Latinos, said they did not receive any health information from their doctor in the past year.