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Health Care and Health Outcomes of Migrants: Evidence from Portugal

  • Pedro Pita Barros


    (Department of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal))

  • Isabel Medalho Pereira


    (Human Development Report Office (UNDP))

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 Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in its series Human Development Research Papers (2009 to present) with number HDRP-2009-28.

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Length: 68 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
Date of revision: Jul 2009
Publication status: Published as background research for the 2009 Human Development Report.
Handle: RePEc:hdr:papers:hdrp-2009-28
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