Medical Safety Net for Undocumented Patients

Via Bioethics.net news Updates and Science Daily:  The Hastings Center, supported by a grant by the Overbrook Foundation Domestic Human Rights Program, is exploring the ethical challenges that clinicians and organizations face when providing medical care to undocumented immigrants in the United States.

“Health care professionals can be deeply troubled when they encounter situations that seem unfair,” says Nancy Berlinger, a Hastings Center scholar who is co-director of the project. “How to provide good care to patients who cannot afford to pay for care is one of those situations. When a patient is also undocumented, the situation becomes even more complex. This project aims to help clinicians and organizations by exploring the difficult questions of how ethical obligations compete with economic constraints, conflicting mandates, and political considerations.”

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