Cosmopolitanism Within Borders: A Normative Foundation for Health Care for Asylum Seekers?

American Journal of Bioethics 13 (7):17 - 19 (2013)

Jan-Christoph Heilinger
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Verina Wild
Ludwig Maximilians Universität, München
Asgary and Smith (2013) identify an important challenge: the difficult position of physicians caught between the obligation to treat every human being with the same professional rigor, and their feelings of responsibility toward the state and its judicial decisions on asylum requests. The authors show that in some cases this conflict leads to a tendency to "sacrifice their medical responsibilities". The authors' core demand is that health care workers should be independent of the state and judiciary systems, and thus prioritize the interests of the patient. We agree entirely with the authors, that well-performed documenting is the only ethically justifiable option and should not be influenced by a feeling of responsibility for contributing to judicial decisions. However, the authors also address the more general, and ethically more challenging, issue of the responsibility of health care workers and the state toward asylum seekers and ask, how much health care provision is appropriate?
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