Objective: To examine any perceived barriers that might exist in the United States healthcare system and gather data on how different patients experience the system.

Methods: The study utilized a correlational analysis with usage of a Likert scale survey administered to U.S.- born natives, immigrants, and healthcare providers. The survey assessed respondents of their access to healthcare services, barriers to healthcare services, healthcare provider trust/relationships, and health institutions’ relations. Another survey assessed healthcare providers’ belief in the efficacy of their services and health institutions’.

Results: No statistically significant differences were found between U.S. natives and immigrants, but notable distinctions were found between their provider trust, health institutions relations, and health practices. In addition, t-test results amongst men and women were found to be significant. There were also significant differences in all healthcare system users’ access to efficient health services and health providers’ belief in their administration of efficient health services.

Conclusion: This study displays a difference between native born and immigrants’ provider trust, health institution relations, and access to exhibit healthy practices. This signals a distinction between the two groups and signifies that the US healthcare system should implement resources and enact services to reach an underserved population of immigrants.



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