My aim is to call for attention to the influence stigma may have on preventive health care to immigrant patients. The article will focus on categorization and stigma and on how these phenomena can affect the individual and his or her self esteem. As a contrast to categorisation and stigma, recognition and respect are presented as ways of reaching the patient.

The discussions and arguments of this article are based on anthropological fieldwork and theories on ethnicity, classification, stigma, recognition, health care.