Nancy Berlinger, PhD will lead us in the exploration of the ethics of medical repatriation, that is, the practice of returning an uninsured, indigent immigrant who needs long-term care to his/her native country. What are the moral duties of our insitutions? What are the moral duties of the patient and/or their families? In some cases, the patient would be covered by insurance in the native country. Does that change the moral claim of the patient? In a previous article, Berlinger lays out all the possible courses of action, using a realistic case study of an injured construction worker who is undocumented and who could benefit from appropriate rehabilitative care.
Dr. Berlinger is a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969 and located in Garrison, New York. Her interests include health care ethics and social ethics in aging societies; health care access for migrants; the management of safety and harm in health care systems, and problems at the intersection of these issues. Berlinger directed the research project that produced a revised and expanded edition of the landmark Hastings Center Guidelines for Decisions on Life-Sustaining Treatment and Care Near the End of Life (OUP, 2013). She is also the author of Are Workarounds Ethical? Managing Moral Problems in Health Care Systems (OUP, 2016) and After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness (Johns Hopkins, 2005).