Receiving adequate medical care is problematic for people all around the globe due to financial situations, lack of access to facilities, and residency issues. Knowing your legal rights is especially important for visitors from other countries, including undocumented immigrants who might seek medical treatment outside their home country for a variety of reasons. In some cases, you might be faced with medical deportation and have questions about what to expect. In this article, we break down the basics of medical deportation and provide you with information on how you can find medical care for undocumented immigrants.
What is Medical Deportation?
Whether you arrived in the United States on a Visa or came to the country as an undocumented immigrant, there might be a time when you need to seek out medical treatment at an American facility. Depending on the severity of your medical needs, healthcare and immigration status, and other factors, a hospital might determine that the best course of action is repatriation; however, the hospital or medical facility will first take care of you until appropriate accommodations can be made.
Medical repatriation is an ethical process by which individuals are taken care of until they are in a stable condition, then travel arrangements are made to have the person be transferred to another medical facility in their home country. The individual must be discharged to an adequate place such as their home, a nursing home, a rehabilitation facility, or a hospital.
Cost of Healthcare
By law, US medical facilities are required to treat emergency patients, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status. It’s no secret that healthcare costs are high in the US, and many people are unable to afford the care they need or health insurance policies so many people fear the bill that comes with a visit to the hospital. In the case of undocumented immigrants, hospitals foot the bill, which can accumulate quickly over a short period of time.
Medical deportation pays for all necessary travel and healthcare arrangements as a person is transported back to their country. This includes airfare, medications, and the medical staff that travels with the patient to ensure they remain stable until reaching the relocation site. The fact that medical deportation pays for all of these expenses fares well with its ethical practices.
Fear of Visiting US Healthcare Centers
Hospitals are already a stressful place for most people, but if you’re worried about your immigration status or ability to speak English, the experience can be incredibly daunting. Wondering if you will be able to clearly communicate your medical needs to a provider has the potential to delay receiving the care you need. Most medical facilities offer translators ensuring that each and every patient, regardless of status, has the ability to convey his or her ailments to the attending physicians.
If you need extensive medical treatment and are worried about how much your care will cost, Allista’s highly-trained staff can help you understand your rights. We are dedicated to making sure that you receive adequate medical care in Mexico. We partner with America’s hospitals and Hospital en Casa in Guadalajara to help connect you with case managers, lawyers, and the right treatment facilities.