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Transnational healthcare practices of Romanian migrants in Ireland: Inequalities of access and the privatisation of healthcare services in Europe


  • Stan, Sabina


This article deals with the transnational healthcare practices of Central and Eastern European migrants in Europe, taking the case of Romanian migrants in Ireland. It explores the implications of migrants' transnational healthcare practices for the transformation of citizenship in Europe, more particularly in terms of access to free public healthcare. The article places these practices in the larger perspective of global care chains, seen as including transnational flows of healthcare seekers and healthcare workers that link distant healthcare systems in an emerging European healthcare assemblage.

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  • Stan, Sabina, 2015. "Transnational healthcare practices of Romanian migrants in Ireland: Inequalities of access and the privatisation of healthcare services in Europe," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 124(C), pages 346-355.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:124:y:2015:i:c:p:346-355
    DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.04.013

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    1. Glinos, Irene A. & Doering, Nora & Maarse, Hans, 2012. "Travelling home for treatment and EU patients’ rights to care abroad: Results of a survey among German students at Maastricht University," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 105(1), pages 38-45.
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    4. Kelleher, Dan & Doherty, Edel & O'Neill, Ciaran, 2022. "Examining the transnational preventive healthcare utilisation of a group of Eastern European migrants living full-time in another European state," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 126(4), pages 318-324.
    5. Kelleher, Dan & Barry, Luke & Hobbins, Anna & O'Neill, Stephen & Doherty, Edel & O'Neill, Ciaran, 2020. "Examining the transnational health preferences of a group of Eastern European migrants relative to a European host population using the EQ-5D-5L," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 246(C).
    6. Probst, Ursula, 2023. "Health insurance for the good European citizen? Migrant sex workers’ quests for health insurance and the moral economy of health care," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 319(C).
    7. Xinyan Shi & Lydia Gan, 2023. "Equilibrium in Competitive Insurance Markets with Medical Tourism," Studies in Microeconomics, , vol. 11(2), pages 246-269, August.
    8. Sabina Stan & Roland Erne, 2021. "Time for a paradigm change? Incorporating transnational processes into the analysis of the emerging European health-care system," Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research, , vol. 27(3), pages 289-302, August.
    9. Villa-Torres, Laura & González-Vázquez, Tonatiuh & Fleming, Paul J. & González-González, Edgar Leonel & Infante-Xibille, César & Chavez, Rebecca & Barrington, Clare, 2017. "Transnationalism and health: A systematic literature review on the use of transnationalism in the study of the health practices and behaviors of migrants," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 183(C), pages 70-79.
    10. Simone M Schneider, 2020. "Beyond endogeneity in analyses of public opinion: Evaluations of healthcare by the foreign born across 24 European countries," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 15(6), pages 1-20, June.

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