Does being an immigrant make a difference in seeking physician services?

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The current study investigated the effects of immigration status, acculturation, and health beliefs on the use of preventive and non-preventive visits, through use of a nationally representative sample of U.S.-born and foreign-born adults. U.S.-born adults were found to have significantly more preventive and non-preventive visits than immigrants. The effects on predicting preventive visits of education, having a usual source of care, and having other public insurance were stronger among immigrants than among the U.S.-born. Health confidence and believing in the need for health insurance significantly predicted the numbers of both preventive and non-preventive visits among the U.S.-born but correlated little with either type of visit among immigrants. Among immigrant adults, acculturation affected only the number of preventive visits. The lower utilization of both preventive and non-preventive care among immigrants may be associated with a combination of better health and more limited enabling resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)380-390
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Disparities
  • Immigrants' health
  • Physician visits
  • Preventive services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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