POLICY: Immigrants use less care

As you’d rationally expect, immigrants end up using less health care than those born here. My assumption is that it’s a factor of income and insurance status, and it seems that they do use relatively more ER care because of that. On the other hand many legal and illegal immigrants are paying taxes and not using services (especially those of working age paying Medicare tax, but planning to retire back to their country of origin), and are probably a net financial gain to the health care system.

But overall I just wonder how Don Johnson’s going to spin this.

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It sure is something we would all expect but immigrants usually also are known to be less healthy and therefore more capable of using health coverage.