Poorer healthcare for migrant children

17th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — Healthcare provided to immigrant children is worse than that provided to native Dutch children, an academic study has found.

17 January 2007

AMSTERDAM — Healthcare provided to immigrant children is worse than that provided to native Dutch children, an academic study has found.

Doctoral student Nathalie Urbanus-van Lar said the poorer healthcare provided to immigrants can lead to dangerous situations when children are not given good medication or when no diagnosis is made.

But Urbanus-van Lar could not explain why immigrant children are given poorer healthcare.

She did urge, however, for improved information services for parents and doctors and believes it is worthwhile to record the ethnicity of children in their electronic medical records.

Urbanus-van Lar said Moroccan and Turkish children are usually the worse off, while Surinamese and Antillean immigrants are better off because they have greater cultural ties with Dutch society.

Having studied the healthcare provided to children with a lazy eye, diabetes and asthma, Urbanus-van Lar concluded that native children and immigrant children with the same illness do not always get the same treatment.

"The cause is probably communication," Urbanus-van Lar said.

She added that language problems were not the only reason, but parental expectations also differ.

There are also misunderstandings among doctors. It is thought, for example, that parents do not carry out advised treatment due to of religious beliefs.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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