Chronic Illness

How does chronic illness affect precarious status migrants? 

Azeem Shah, Tyson Li, Shaina Madden and Nastaran Shirazi examined the effects that chronic illness has on precarious status migrants.  Chronic illness requires constant care.  Given their legal status, precarious status migrants often find it difficult to attend constant appointments and medical exams.  Furthermore, if they don't have access to free medical care, they may not keep up with their treatment given the prohibitive cost of medical visits and medication.  When discussing these issues with volunteers from the Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care (CCRIHC) and Scarborough residents.  They found that in additiont to the specific illness, precarious status migrants are affected by language barriers and funding issues.  



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