Int J Equity Health 2021 Jun 10;20(1):135. Epub 2021 Jun 10.
Department of Global and Community Health, Nagoya City University School of Nursing, 1 Kawasumi, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, 467-8601, Japan.
Background: In Japan, foreign residents, and particularly new arrivals in the country, experience barriers to health care and show poorer health outcomes when compared to Japanese nationals. The health-care-related situation for foreign residents in Japan has been characterized by drastic changes over time; thus, there is difficulty identifying individuals who are "left behind" by the system. In this study, we aimed to identify, among foreign residents who attended informal free medical consultations, factors associated with "being advised to visit a medical facility" and "being referred to a medical facility," which represented hypothetical proxy indicators of barriers to health care. Read More