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

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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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Malmusi, D., Drbohlav, D., Dzúrová, D. et al. Inequalities in healthcare access by type of visa in a context of restrictive health insurance policy: the case of Ukrainians in Czechia. Int J Public Health 59, 715–719 (2014).

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  • Healthcare Access
  • Lower Access
  • Residence Permit
  • Public Healthcare System
  • Czech Population