Acculturation and cross-border utilization of health services

Dejun Su, Daphne Wang

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Health services from Mexico constitute an important source of care for U.S. residents living along the U.S.-Mexico border. Data from The Cross-Border Utilization of Health Care Survey (n = 966) were used to estimate logit models that related acculturation, as measured by generational status, to the use of medication, physician, dental, and inpatient services from Mexico by U.S. residents in the Texas border region. Relative to first-generation Mexican immigrants, later-generation Mexican-Americans were progressively less likely to go to Mexico for health services. This finding holds with or without adjusting for the effects of selected demographic and socioeconomic variables. Addressing unmet needs in medical care in the southwestern U.S. border area should go beyond a simple expansion of health insurance coverage- it is also important to deliver health services that are sensitive to generational differences within the population in terms of linguistic and cultural barriers to health care access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-569
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Acculturation
  • Cross-border health care utilization
  • Generational status
  • U.S.-Mexico border

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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