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Health of NewcomersImmigration, Health Policy, and the Case for Global Solidarity$
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Patricia Illingworth and Wendy E. Parmet

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814789216

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814789216.001.0001

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Strangers for the Sake of Health

Strangers for the Sake of Health

(p.152) 8 Strangers for the Sake of Health
Health of Newcomers

Patricia Illingworth

Wendy E. Parmet

NYU Press

Global health affords an opportunity for people from diverse countries to interact and to develop trusting ties with one another. People from affluent nations initiate many of these health interactions, and although unintentionally, often do so at the detriment of people in poor countries. This chapter develops this argument with reference to medical brain drain, medical tourism and international transplantation. Basic principles of fairness, reciprocity, and justice suggest that a global scenario in which the health of the global poor is sacrificed for people in affluent countries is morally unsettling. A more inclusive approach to the health of newcomers would be an important step toward health justice.

Keywords:   global poor, health justice, international transplantation, medical brain drain, medical tourism, reciprocity

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