(CNS) For immigrants in the country without legal permission, a routine doctor’s visit can be an occasion for panic. Without papers, immigrants fear deportation when they enter the waiting room. Unwilling to take such a risk, they avoid seeking medical attention even in life-threatening cases.
But for a parish in Norristown, if immigrants won’t go to health care, then health care will come to them.
Language barriers that make it difficult to describe their ailments or to understand medical advice, lack of transportation to health care facilities, and working long hours at jobs that don’t provide paid time off all add up to many immigrants missing out on vital health care. [More]