Immigrant children represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. One in every four children in the United States lives in an immigrant family, and 89 percent of these children are U.S. citizens. But many immigrant children experience significant barriers to their health and well-being. Children of immigrants are nearly twice as likely to be uninsured as are children in non-immigrant families. This can prevent children from receiving appropriate preventive care and medical treatment in a timely manner.
In a new policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics advocates for access to medical care for immigrant children.
Pediatrician Gonzalo J. Paz-Soldan, MD, a lead author of the policy statement, comes on the Healthy Children Radio show on RadioMD to delve into the health care disparities among immigrant children and discuss their health care needs.
Segment 1: Immigrant Children: Not Getting the Care They Need