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Universal access to health care for migrants: applying cosmopolitanism to the domestic realm


Wild, Verina (2015). Universal access to health care for migrants: applying cosmopolitanism to the domestic realm. Public Health Ethics, 8(2):162-172.

Abstract

This article discusses cosmopolitanism as the moral foundation for access to health care for migrants. The focus is on countries with sufficiently adequate universal health care for their citizens. The article argues for equal access to this kind of health care for citizens and migrants alike—including migrants at special risk such as asylum seekers or undocumented migrants. Several objections against equal access are raised, such as the cosmopolitan approach being too restrictive or too permissive, or the consequences being undesirable; but the objections are largely refuted. Some special cases in which a restriction of equal access to health care might be justified are described: humanitarian crisis, short term tourism, and the case of a migrant or refugee who will stay only very briefly on a state’s territory.

Abstract

This article discusses cosmopolitanism as the moral foundation for access to health care for migrants. The focus is on countries with sufficiently adequate universal health care for their citizens. The article argues for equal access to this kind of health care for citizens and migrants alike—including migrants at special risk such as asylum seekers or undocumented migrants. Several objections against equal access are raised, such as the cosmopolitan approach being too restrictive or too permissive, or the consequences being undesirable; but the objections are largely refuted. Some special cases in which a restriction of equal access to health care might be justified are described: humanitarian crisis, short term tourism, and the case of a migrant or refugee who will stay only very briefly on a state’s territory.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:23 Nov 2015 10:52
Last Modified:21 Aug 2017 10:49
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:1754-9973
Additional Information:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Public Health Ethics following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version [Special Symposium: Migrant Health: Verina Wild, Universal Access to Health Care for Migrants: Applying Cosmopolitanism to the Domestic Realm, Public Health Ethics (2015) 8 (2): 162-172 first published online June 3, 2015 doi:10.1093/phe/phv014] is available online at: http://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phv014
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/phe/phv014

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