Medical Repatriation

As a nurse, I provide care to to all who present to the hospital. I do not check identification or insurance information. I must confess, I enjoy this bubble of “blissful ignorance”.

I recognize the role of healthcare workers when dealing with illegal aliens is a tough topic. As a healthcare worker, I am a mandated reporter if I suspect abuse or neglect. Often, the police will contact the ER to alert healthcare workers and to report patients who present with a particular injury. In these cases, I have a clear duty to report. If a person presents with a gunshot wound they obtained as a result of criminal activity, I still have a duty to treat. So why does the ILLEGAL alien issue cause so much debate? I believe we have a duty to treat, but should the hospital have an equal duty to report? [Read more...]