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Absolute Poverty in EuropeInterdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon$
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Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447341284

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001

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Health care for the absolute poor

Health care for the absolute poor

(p.121) 6 Health care for the absolute poor
Absolute Poverty in Europe

Ursula Trummer

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Undocumented Migrants, an estimated 1% of the total population living in the EU, are widely excluded from welfare schemes and social policy considerations. They live under the radar of household statistics and epidemiology. Their health is at high risk and access to health care in most EU member states is restricted to emergency care. This restriction is discussed as being in conflict with the fundamental human right to health which has been ratified by all EU member states. Conflicting regulations on supranational and national level create a paradox situation for service providers. They have to manage this paradox. Evidence indicates that service providers develop an “art of interpretation” to interpret existing regulations in favour of their humanitarian goal to help people who are in need, no matter what the legal status may be.

Keywords:   undocumented migrants, health care, human rights, managing paradox, the art of interpretation

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