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Sending people to care homes in lower‐income countries: a qualified defence


de Vries, Bouke (2022). Sending people to care homes in lower‐income countries: a qualified defence. Bioethics, 36(1):85-92.

Abstract

In recent years, a proportion of older Germans has been sent to relatively high-end care homes within lower-income countries where the care tends to be cheaper and more extensive than that in German care homes. Destination countries are found predominantly within Eastern Europe (e.g. Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic), but to a lesser extent also within South-East Asia (e.g. Thailand). At the same time, these expatriations have caused much controversy, with some German commentators calling them ‘inhumane’ and ‘shameful’. In this article, I argue that such criticisms are overdrawn. Although sending an older individual to a care home within a lower-income country can be morally impermissible, I find that there are at least three sets of conditions under which it is not.

Abstract

In recent years, a proportion of older Germans has been sent to relatively high-end care homes within lower-income countries where the care tends to be cheaper and more extensive than that in German care homes. Destination countries are found predominantly within Eastern Europe (e.g. Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic), but to a lesser extent also within South-East Asia (e.g. Thailand). At the same time, these expatriations have caused much controversy, with some German commentators calling them ‘inhumane’ and ‘shameful’. In this article, I argue that such criticisms are overdrawn. Although sending an older individual to a care home within a lower-income country can be morally impermissible, I find that there are at least three sets of conditions under which it is not.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology and the Study of Religion > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Health (social science)
Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Health Sciences > Health Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Health Policy, Philosophy, Health (social science)
Language:English
Date:1 January 2022
Deposited On:21 Dec 2021 10:22
Last Modified:17 Jun 2024 03:30
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0269-9702
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12948
Related URLs:https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14678519 (Publisher)
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