Immigrants Are Not the Reason US Healthcare Costs Are Soaring

Contradicting assumptions held by over 50% of Americans that immigrants drive up healthcare costs, a new study finds that not only do immigrants receive far less care, they’re likely to pay more into the system than they take out when compared with those US-born.

“[Immigrants] make up roughly 12% of the US population but account for 8.6% of health care spending,” says author Lila Flavin. Undocumented immigrants—comprising 5% of the population—access only 1.4%, she says.

Immigrants contribute to programs like Medicare and also pay far more out-of-pocket for care, meaning they are less likely to access tax-supported programs.


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