This article, in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers a useful perspective related to the costs of medical treatments, especially for patients that have limited income, as many torture survivors do after arriving in the U.S. Many torture survivors arrive in the U.S. with injuries they incurred during torture and were unable to obtain medical care for in their home countries. Most torture survivors who are seeking asylum in the U.S. are not eligible for health insurance as they go through the asylum process in an attempt to obtain legal immigration status and safety.
Wendy E. Parmet, J.D. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2013; 369:596-598August 15, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1306637
Over 12 million immigrants are lawfully present in the United States, yet face similar barriers as undocumented immigrants face. Legal immigrants can be legal permanent residents (green card holders), refugees, asylum seekers, and others. This article examines the reasons why legal immigrants have such low rates of health insurance, including the sectors they work in as well as linguistic and cultural barriers.