How Medicine May Save the Life of US Immigration Policy: From Clinical and Educational Encounters to Ethical Public Policy Journal Article


Author: Kuczewski, M. G.
Article Title: How Medicine May Save the Life of US Immigration Policy: From Clinical and Educational Encounters to Ethical Public Policy
Abstract: Medicine has a conceptual contribution to make to the immigration debate. Our nation has been unable to move forward with meaningful immigration reform because many citizens seem to assume that immigrants are in the United States to access benefits to which they are not entitled. In contrast, when medicine encounters undocumented immigrants in the health care or medical education setting, it is obvious that their contributions to our health care system are denied by exclusionary laws. When the system is amended to be inclusive, immigrants become contributors to the systems that they access. I illustrate this thesis concerning the benefits of inclusion through an examination of the issues of forced medical repatriation, access to health insurance, and the access of undocumented students to medical education.
Keywords: Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy
Journal Title: AMA journal of ethics
Volume: 19
Issue: 3
ISSN: 2376-6980
Publisher: American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved  
Journal Place: United States
Date Published: 2017
Start Page: 221
End Page: 233
Language: eng
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Notes: LR: 20170321; CI: (c) 2017; JID: 101649265; epublish