Navigating complex international medical systems is a challenge for legal professionals. Especially for those serving undocumented medical patients, medical repatriation is one solution to get the necessary care.
How Legal Professionals Deal with Undocumented Medical Patients
Consider this scenario: as a lawyer, you receive a case with an undocumented medical patient who is facing deportation. Specific care or regimen for their chronic illness is necessary for their quality of life or survival, and the patient is concerned that deportation will disrupt their care. While you are an expert in navigating the legal challenges they face, your client faces a great deal of additional stress from medical logistics.
Here are the ways in which legal professionals can help meet the healthcare challenges of their client, especially when they must return to their country of origin.
Whether by deportation or choice, when a person must travel home, repatriation is the process in which they transition medical care to a new country. This can be a solution for anyone from migrant workers to undocumented immigrants who finds themselves needing medical treatment, especially for chronic illness that needs consistent care.
For many, insurance complications, deportation concerns, financial limitations, or not having the right care available can make it necessary to move the patient to their country of origin. No matter the reason for returning home, it’s key to provide the undocumented medical patient to the best care available and to bridge the gap between countries.
How it Works
When a person must return to their country of origin, a complex process begins. First, it’s key to connect the person to the right healthcare services in their home country. Then, finding a transportation system home that won’t exacerbate the medical issue is necessary to ensure no further complications or interruptions to their condition. Lastly, when the person arrives in their home country, having all medical records, information, and tests at the disposal of their new medical team helps ensure their care is consistent.
It’s also a humanitarian concern. Perhaps this person hasn’t been in their home country for many years, and the prospect of returning is stressful in itself. As a legal professional, you don’t want to just return them home to medical care, knowing that they won’t have a trusted ally on their side. All of these steps can be further complicated because of language or cultural barriers for the medical and legal teams.
For lawyers and case managers, it may be a type of challenge you’ve never faced before, so it’s important to connect with resources that can help streamline the process and ensure the highest quality of care.