Narrative on migrants and ‘healthcare xenophobia’ is misleading
Despite of a host of dire problems, the front-line healthcare providers studied were doing their best to offer health services to black African migrants
The phrase “medical xenophobia” is often used to describe the negative attitudes and practices of SA health care professionals towards refugees and migrants. It is used whenever foreign nationals are denied access to any medical treatment or care.
Research on migration and health in SA has documented public healthcare providers as indiscriminately practising “medical xenophobia”. But this dominant, single narrative about migrants and healthcare is misleading...