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Health of NewcomersImmigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity$
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Patricia Illingworth and Wendy E. Parmet

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789216

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789216.001.0001

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Denying the Right to Health

Denying the Right to Health

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Health of Newcomers

Patricia Illingworth

Wendy E. Parmet

NYU Press

Many nations claim to respect the right to health, which requires states to provide access to necessary health care without discrimination of any kind. Nevertheless, most states that purport to recognize the right to health discriminate against some classes of newcomers, especially unauthorized immigrants. This chapter reviews the status of immigrants’ right to health under international law and then turns to an examination of immigrants’ access to health insurance in Canada and the European Union. The chapter demonstrates that even in nations that are widely believed to have universal health care systems, many classes of immigrants are left without access to the means to pay for needed health care. As in the United States, these exclusions impact the health of newcomers and natives alike.

Keywords:   Canada, European Union, immigrants, international law, right to health

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