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About the Struggles of Foreigners in the U.S. Health Care System

Health care including insurance and Obamacare have generated an enormous debate during the past several years in the U.S., but international students provide a perspective that is often missing in the discussion. In order to understand the cultural perspective, interviews were done with three international students from China and Germany.

Xiaoyi Zhu, a University of Denver (DU) grad student who is writing her thesis, says she was not aware of how expensive health care really is in the U.S. As any international student, Zhu attended the international student orientation week at DU. Zhu remembers the health care system, therefore, the insurance need was addressed. She also says “I was just overwhelmed during this event; so many people with different important topics talked to us, I just missed completely the significance of getting health insurance.” She added that she would have liked to see follow-up guidance on this topic, but it is just a onetime announcement during student orientation.

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