'Healthcare worse for immigrant women'
TT/The Local · 20 Aug 2007, 07:57
Published: 20 Aug 2007 07:57 GMT+02:00
"There is a form of structural discrimination at play, whereby a patient has to fit into a certain mould in order to receive quality service and be listened to," Robertson told Svenska Dagbladet.
The researcher argues that immigrant women in general do not receive the same quality of healthcare as their Swedish-born peers.
Her findings are based on a study of all women who had children in Sweden from 1996 to 1998. This amounted to 215,497 women in total, of whom 35,162 were born outside Sweden.
"There are not many people in the healthcare system who recognize the problem but there are plenty of foreign-born women who experience it," Robertson told Svenska Dagbladet.