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Cost of care for asylum seekers and refugees entering the United States: The case of volunteer medical providers in El Paso, Texas.


Delgado RI, De la Rosa M, Picado MA, Ayoub-Rodriguez L, Gonzalez CE, Gemoets L
PLoS One. 2022; 17(12):e0278386.
PMID: 36454915.


Between October 2018, and February 2020, the United States saw an unprecedented increase in the number of asylum seekers and refugees arriving unexpectedly at international crossings along the US-Mexico Border. Many of these migrants needed proper medical attention, and consequently created significant pressure on local health systems. In El Paso, Texas, volunteer clinicians, collaborating closely with religious organizations and non-governmental organizations, provided outpatient medical care for the new arrivals; the county hospital provided in-patient care at local tax payers' expense. The objective of this study was to estimate costs of healthcare services offered by these volunteers in order to formulate sustainable and appropriate healthcare policies to address the needs of refugees and asylum seekers in the United States.