When asked what was unique about working with this population, and what where the major barriers to care for them, the following themes were discussed by many informants. (page 21-22)
"The level of education of many Latinos we see is low. They do not have the basic understanding to be able to deal with such a complicated disease.”
So they are stupid?
“More amnesty would be good so people can get documents and be eligible for services."
“Another ethic in this community is no matter how sick you are, you must send something back to the family in Mexico.”
So now all Latinos are from Mexico?
“Cultural perceptions of time make a difference. They often wait until the last minute for things, or after something has expired, like insurance papers.”
So they are all procrastinators?
Cultural concepts of truth. “They may tell me one thing and the case worker another. They may have totally different answers to similar questions.”
So Latinos are all liars?
Yet another racist document prepared by DHS using your tax dollars. Nice to know that my wife is stupid, sends money "back" (she's never been) to Mexico, procrastinates and is a liar. Thanks DHS.