RugbyD wrote:It is unclear what medical care would be available to him. He may have had coverage through his contract job or spousal coverage; we don't know. They definitely had the means to secure an independent medical evaluation, but were denied. At a minimum the system should provide diagnostic services to investigate what ailment the detainee is suffering from, something they clearly did not do here, instead electing to ignore signs of constant severe pain and visually clear physical degeneration. I think this is especially important in a case where the detention is being contested and there is the possibility that they would not ultimately be deported. As long as that possibility exists he should have access to whatever medical care he would have had outside detention, with the costs borne by the appropriate party. I think it would be fair to assume that if he had been appropriately diagnosed, there would be medical options available either within or ouside of the system.
In the broader picture, taking custody of someone comes with some sort of minimal responsibility of care because you are now in total control of that person's life. We give food, clothing, and shelter. A minimal level of medical care is also reasonable, though there will be plenty of viewpoints over what defines minimal. I would say that for consistency's sake, immigration detainees should have the same options as illegals in the prison system. I certainly don't see healthcare as a universal right, but choosing to take custody of someone entainls a certain level of responsibility.
Not sure he'd be covered by any insurance, seeing as how he was no longer a legal resident. Like car insurance, if your driver's license expires, you're no longer covered by your automobile insurance. I don't know how that works as far as health insurance goes. I've never dealt with health insurance, so I've got no clue.
And he at least did get some sort of medical treatment. He was on painkillers and medication according to the article. According to a post on page 1, the chaplin says Mr. Ng was physically able to attack other people (they think it was due to the medication, so he did at least see a doctor), so I can see how the guards might think he was faking the illness (not making any excuses for their behavior if they did act the way the article states, just pointing out other information we've been provided). Took an MRI to find the cancer, and MRI's are not cheap.
Not to mention that he would have already been deported if his family hadn't held it up.
So it made me curious as to what the solution is, because I dunno.
I guess bill the family? He broke the law and the only reason he was still being held was because the family was appealing it and fighting it in court (meaning the financial burden shouldn't fall on the taxpayers in my opinion). So would billing the family be the wrong way to go? But then we run into the problem of people with no family, or the entire family being deported. They'd be in the system a whole lot less time (less chance they'd need medical care), but I'm sure at some point someone would have a serious problem, so what's the fix?
Yes doctor, I am sick.
Sick of those who are spineless.
Sick of those who feel self-entitled.
Sick of those who are hypocrites.
Yes doctor, an army is forming.
Yes doctor, there will be a war.
Yes doctor, there will be blood.....