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The rules about when and where the undocumented can get care are a complex thicket. For that reason, plus misinformation, cultural and language barriers and fears of deportation, these immigrants tend to avoid getting care until they reach a crisis. It's also very hard to get good data on undocumented immigrants, as national surveys and health care providers generally don't ask about immigration status (exception: the Pew Hispanic Center has some data).
The speakers in this session at Health Journalism 2012 outlined the rules about care for the undocumented and offered up a wrenching case study of one adolescent girl.
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