Health Needs of Asylum Seekers in Hong Kong
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AbstractThe goal of this qualitative study is to identify unmet gaps in current health needs of asylum seekers and refugees (ASRs) in Hong Kong, and to explore potential pathways for improvement. Through semi-structured interviews with workers from six non-governmental organizations, we identified unmet healthcare needs from five main categories: mental health, communication and cultural barriers, health literacy, accessibility and costs of healthcare and dietary challenges. ASRs in Hong Kong come from a wide range of cultures and countries, including Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and African countries. Under current healthcare system in Hong Kong, ASRs can access emergency medical care, public hospitals or outpatient clinics by medical waiver and specialist units by referral on a case-by-case basis, subject to the assessment by the Hospital Authority or service units of the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department. In theory, ASRs have equal access to public healthcare compared to local residents. However, through this study we found that although public healthcare services are made available to ASRs since 2006, ASRs encountered significant obstacles in accessing Hospital Authority services due to the convoluted administrative procedures involved, language and cultural barriers, low health literacy levels and insufficient health self-efficacy. ASRs also face exclusion from costly private healthcare, which local residents rely on to fill specific needs unmet by the public healthcare system (e.g. dental, mental health). We hope these findings inform advocacy for more efficient access to healthcare services and generate much-needed support for the psychological well-being of ASRs through community integration.
Acceptance Date04/11/2017
All Author(s) ListLI AZL, YEUNG MPS
Name of ConferenceAPHA 2017
Start Date of Conference04/11/2017
End Date of Conference08/11/2017
Place of ConferenceAtlanta
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
Proceedings TitleSession 3210.0: CRIH Barriers and enablers promoting or impeding health among immigrants and refugees communities Poster (ID=50558)
Year2017
Month11
Day4
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsRefugees, Health Care Access

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