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Health Care and Health Outcomes of Migrants: Evidence from Portugal

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  • Pita Barros, Pedro
  • Medalho Pereira, Isabel

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This paper studies the performance of immigrants relative to natives, in terms of their health status, use of health care services, lifestyles, and coverage of health expenditures. We base the analysis on international evidence that identified a healthy immigrant effect, complemented by empirical research on the Portuguese National Health Survey. Furthermore, we assess whether differences in health performance depend on the personal characteristics of the individuals or can be directly associated with their migration experience.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 18201.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:18201

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Keywords: Migration; health status; health care; healthy immigrant effect; Portugal;

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  1. Giuliana Luca & Michela Ponzo & Antonio Andrés, 2013. "Health care utilization by immigrants in Italy," International Journal of Health Care Finance and Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 13(1), pages 1-31, March.
  2. Nádia Simões & Nuno Crespo & Sandrina B. Moreira & Celeste A. Varum, 2013. "Measurement and Determinants of Health Poverty and Richness – Evidence from Portugal," Working Papers Series 2, ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL) 13-08, ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL).

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