You know how you want to make an appointment with your doctor for a problem that doesn't require a visit to the emergency room or urgent care but you want it taken care of ASAP? You know how sometimes it's difficult to find an appointment right away?
That might be because the state of Oregon has this recommendation:
The following are some suggestions, adapted from the Migrant Health Newsline, for practitioners who may be caring for migrant and seasonal farm worker families:
4. Consider booking 2 time slots for the first visit of a migrant/seasonal farm worker and family members. They often have transportation problems and the office visit could take longer if there is a language barrier.
That's right, illegal aliens get two time slots! Because they didn't bother learning the language or staying sober while driving it is more difficult for you, the legal resident, to make an apointment.
This was among other suggestions such as:
1. Consider attending a workshop on cultural competency to better understand the issues.
3. Ask about their living and work situations and give guidance that is within the realm of possibility for them. Ex. Be sure a patient has a refrigerator before prescribing medication that needs refrigeration, or asking them to apply ice to an injury.
The Oregon Health Division is very excited that, yes, even urban doctors have the "opportunity" to treat illegal aliens of their tuberculosis!
However, even urban practitioners will have opportunities to serve this population. Lately, migrant and seasonal farm workers are increasingly employed by labor contractors who transport them to and from the work place.
HEALTH ISSUES AMONG MIGRANT/SEASONAL FARM WORKERS