It is important to understand the Hmong political history to fully get why the Lee family was so strong in their medical decisions. The Hmong people were forced to fight back against the communist government by the American people during the Vietnam War. After the war ended there was still great tension among the Hmong people and Laos and the American’s did nothing to help resolve the issues that were essentially created by them. From this history one could understand why the Lee family was very skeptical of the US healthcare system and its providers.
I cannot personally relate to the Lee family because I am not a parent nor have I ever been in a situation where I had to make the executive medical decisions but my mom has. When I was a junior in high school I fell very ill with my autoimmune disease and I actually did develop sepsis. Mine was also due to a weakened immune system from medication. My mother had to make the medical decisions for me because I was a minor and I was also not in the mental state to make my own decisions. But I obviously did not suffer as badly as Lia did as I am attending college and able to live on my own without assistance.
I know under the Affordable care Act refugees are offered healthcare and government assistance for refugees but it is also mandatory that everyone has health insurance to avoid fines. I think to improve healthcare for refugees that have jjust come to the US from living in refugee camps we should take into consideration their backgrounds and religions and allow them to refuse medical attention. I also don’t think it is right that child protective services is called if a parent refuses medical care for their child. Many people say parents know what’s best for their child and I strongly believe that. Unless a child is clearly in harms way or there is evidence of child abuse CPS should stay out of the situation. Also we shouldn’t force refugees to obtain vaccinations and immunizations that they do not want or is medically necessary. My friend is actually a refugee from Zimbabwe and she has explained to me all of the shots she has had to have to stay in the US and it is unreal. I also think healthcare providers should treat the refugees as humans and be more comforting in their situation because they did just come from a very rough encounter if they are seeking refuge in another country.
“Refugee Health TA.” Refugee Health TA. 2011. Accessed August 10, 2016. http://refugeehealthta.org/access-to-care/.