International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 59, Issue 5, pp 715–719 | Cite as

Inequalities in healthcare access by type of visa in a context of restrictive health insurance policy: the case of Ukrainians in Czechia

  • Davide MalmusiEmail author
  • Dušan Drbohlav
  • Dagmar Dzúrová
  • Laia Palència
  • Carme Borrell
Brief Report


Since the collapse of the communist regime at the beginning of the 1990s, Czechia has rather successfully gone through a process of deep and intensive political and socioeconomic transition, and joined the European Union in 2004 (Večerník 2009). International migration was no exception to such development: circular long-term and permanent immigration in-flows to Czechia mostly motivated by economic reasons gradually became more and more important, and between 1993 and 2008 the number of foreigners staying officially in Czechia increased from 77,000 to 440,000, about 4 % of the population (Drbohlav et al. 2010). At the end of 2013, this figure was 441,500, of which 202,600 had a long-term visa and the rest a permanent residence permit (Czech News Agency 2014). The groups with most representation include economic migrants from the “East” such as Ukraine, Vietnam and Russia. Since this increase, research on integration issues has grown, including aspects related to...


Healthcare Access Lower Access Residence Permit Public Healthcare System Czech Population 
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The research leading to these results was supported by the Grand Agency of the Czech Republic via Project: No. P404/10/0581, “Migration and development—economic and social impacts of migration on the Czech Republic as a destination country and Ukraine as a country of origin (with special respect to analysis of remittances)” and the SOPHIE project (Evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities and their social determinants and fostering change) which has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007–2013) under Grant Agreement No. 278173.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Davide Malmusi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Dušan Drbohlav
    • 3
  • Dagmar Dzúrová
    • 3
  • Laia Palència
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carme Borrell
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona, IIB-Sant PauBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP)MadridSpain
  3. 3.Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Geographic Migration Centre (GEOMIGRACE)Charles University in PraguePragueCzech Republic
  4. 4.Universitat Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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