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Comment: Health care provider challenges for reaching Hispanic immigrants with HPV vaccination in rural Georgia

AUTHORS

Somsri wiwanitkit1 PEd, Practitioner

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Viroj wiwanitkit2
MD, Professor *

CORRESPONDENCE

* viroj wiwanitkit

AFFILIATIONS

1 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

2 Hainan Medical University, China

PUBLISHED

7 June 2012 Volume 12 Issue 2

HISTORY

RECEIVED: 30 April 2012

ACCEPTED: 7 June 2012

CITATION

Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V.  Comment: Health care provider challenges for reaching Hispanic immigrants with HPV vaccination in rural Georgia. Rural and Remote Health 2012; 12: 2204. Available: www.rrh.org.au/journal/article/2204

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© somsri wiwanitkit, viroj wiwanitkit 2012 A licence to publish this material has been given to James Cook University, jcu.edu.au

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Dear Editor

The recent publication on the challenges of reaching immigrants with HPV vaccination is interesting1. Luque et al reported 'Numerous vaccination barriers continue to impact HPV vaccine uptake in the Hispanic immigrant population in the US South'1.

This finding is not unexpected. The problem of healthcare provision for immigrants is a major equity concern worldwide. Due to the status of immigrants it is assumed that 'lower than standard' health care can be expected. Indeed, previous reports have mentioned the prevalence of the health problems among immigrants; however, the real issue for discussion is a low standard of care2.

A common obstacle to healthcare provision for immigrants is that the cost of care is not adequately supported by host countries. 'To treat every patient with the same care and diligence, regardless of ethnicity, religion, nationality, social condition', as the Hippocratic Oath states, is what requires attention in the care of immigrants3.

Somsri Wiwanitkit PEd & Viroj Wiwanitkit MD
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae
Bangkok Thailand

References

1. Luque JS, Raychowdhury S, Weaver M. Health care provider challenges for reaching Hispanic immigrants with HPV vaccination in rural Georgia. Rural and Remote Health 12: 1975. (Online) 2012. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au (Accessed 5 June 20120).

2. Marmot MG, Adelstein AM, Bulusu L. Lessons from the study of immigrant mortality. Lancet 1984; 1(8392): 1455-1457.

3. Moltrasio A. The health and welfare of migrant workers as a factor in business competitiveness. Giornale Italiano di Medicina del Lavoro ed Ergonomia 2011; 33(2Suppl): 26-28.