From Barbados, Praise for City's Move on Immigrant Health
June 9th, 2006
The Nation Newspaper, a newspaper from Barbados, tells the story of a Mary, a West Indian woman without legal immigration documents or health insurance, as a way to show the importance of the city hospital system’s recent assurance that it will keep its patients’ immigration status confidential. [As Wonkster reported earlier, el Diario has also said good things about this campaign]. Mary suffers from diabetes and hypertension but stays away from public hospitals, only seeking health care when her health “reaches the breaking point”, because she fears deportation.
So the Nation Newspaper takes some comfort in the Health and Hospital Corporation’s statement to employees that they would be fired for illegally violating the confidentiality of patients, even those in the country illegally. The paper would like the city to go further and prosecute any employees who do so, but applaud the city’s step as a crucial one towards maintaining the health of its immigrants.By Joshua Brustein on June 9, 2006, 7:43 am
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