Should foreigners get costly lifesaving treatments in the United States?

Shane R. Wo, Emily A. Largent, Jeffrey Brosco, Abby R. Rosenberg, Kenneth W. Goodman, John D. Lantos

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Many foreign parents bring their children to the United States for medical treatments that are unavailable in their own country. Often, however, parents cannot afford expensive treatments. Doctors and hospitals then face a dilemma. Is it ethically permissible to consider the patient's citizenship and ability to pay? In this Ethics Rounds, we present a case in which a child from another country needs an expensive treatment. His parents cannot afford the treatment. He has come to a public hospital in the United States. We present responses from experts in pediatrics, bioethics, and health policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20180175
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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