In a recent article about medical repatriation in a national bioethics journal, philosopher Mark Kuczewski argues that the practice can be an “ethically accepted option” only if three conditions are met:
- Transfer must be able to be seen by a reasonable person as being in the patient’s best interests aside from the issue of reimbursement.
- The hospital must exercise due diligence regarding the medical support available at the patient’s destination.
- The patient or appropriate surrogate must give fully informed consent to being returned to another country.
Surely Dr. Kuczewski knew – when he wrote the article – how completely absurd these three “conditions” or prerequisites are?
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