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Priorities and challenges accessing health care among female migrants

Lattof, Samantha R. ORCID: 0000-0003-0934-1488, Coast, Ernestina ORCID: 0000-0002-8703-307X and Leone, Tiziana ORCID: 0000-0001-9671-5382 (2018) Priorities and challenges accessing health care among female migrants. Health Services Insights, 11. ISSN 1178-6329

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1178632918804825


Women’s ability to access health care requires access to and control of resources as well as the ability to make personal health decisions. Female migrants may experience additional challenges in accessing health care due to marginalization and vulnerability resulting from both their gender and their migrant status. Rural-to-urban migrant women working in the informal sector, such as Ghana’s head porters (kayayei), experience exclusion from the health system, risk of being uninsured, and poor health outcomes. Kayeyei’s survival needs (e.g., food, water) and a need to provide for their families can mean that migrant kayayei avoid health care expenses for illnesses or injuries. To ensure equal access to health care for migrant and non-migrant populations, health insurance is crucial. Yet, improving access to health care and service uptake requires more than health insurance. Incorporating culturally-appropriate care into the provision of health services, or even developing specific migrant-friendly health services, could improve health service uptake and health awareness among migrants. Public health systems should also take account of migrants’ financial situations and priorities in the design and delivery of health services

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors © CC BY-NC 4.0
Divisions: International Development
Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2018 09:34
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2024 23:14

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