From the Voice of OC:
A new study by UC Irvine professor Leo Chavez shows that contrary to commonly held assumptions about immigrants draining healthcare resources, Latinos in Orange County are less likely to seek medical care than white residents, with undocumented residents using even fewer services due to lack of insurance. And when they do seek medical care, undocumented residents are more likely to use public clinics, outpatient hospital services and private doctors than emergency rooms, according to Chavez's findings, which were published recently in the journal Social Science & Medicine. Chavez, an anthropologist, took time recently to discuss his findings, our perceptions and the challenges facing Orange County in the post-healthcare reform era.

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