Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday: Medical Repatriation

This Bizarro comic made me think of my very first law review article: Patients Without Borders.


The article focuses on the practice of medical repatriation, where hospitals arrange for a noncitizen in need of long-term care to be privately repatriated to their country of origin. That is, it's a system of private deportation. Return travel can be expensive, but hospitals are happy to bear the cost in order to halt potentially limitless and unreimbursed spending on noncitizen care. 

Immprof Lori Nessel of Seton Hall has also written about medical repatriation. Check out her articles Disposable Workers: Applying a Human Rights Framework to Analyze Duties Owed to Seriously Injured or Ill Immigrants and The Practice of Medical Repatriation: The Privatization of Immigration Enforcement and Denial of Human Rights.


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