Medical Care for Undocumented Immigrants: National and International Issues

Prim Care. 2017 Mar;44(1):e1-e13. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2016.09.005. Epub 2016 Dec 29.


The number of undocumented immigrants (UIs) varies worldwide, and most reside in the United States. With more than 12 million UIs in the United States, addressing the health care needs of this population presents unique challenges and opportunities. Most UIs are uninsured and rely on the safety-net health system for their care. Because of young age, this population is often considered to be healthier than the overall US population, but they have specific health conditions and risks. Adequate coverage is lacking; however, there are examples of how to better address the health care needs of UIs.

Keywords: Access to care; Health care; Medical care; Undocumented immigrants.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Europe
  • Global Health
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health / organization & administration
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Primary Health Care
  • Undocumented Immigrants*
  • United States