Monday, September 10, 2007

Increased Waves of Immigration

Recent years have seen huge numbers of immigrants arriving in the United States to seek a better life. Whether they came from Europe, Mexico, Central America, or from countries along the Pacific Rim, these people have had a tremendous impact on healthcare services. Some have created a need for physicians who speak a foreign dialect. Others have created a market for interpreters.

Whether the immigrants were Haitian boat people attempting to enter the country illegally or relatives being brought to the United States by naturalized Filipino-American citizens -- whether these immigrants were newly-free Russians or families that fled Hong Kong before it came under Communist rule -- they all brought their
past medical histories, healthcare needs, and ethnic vocabularies with them.

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