Dr Voo Teck Chuan is an assistant professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He was a Caroline Miles Visiting Scholar at the Ethox Centre in March-April 2019.
Recently, the treatment of a guest worker with a life-threatening disease was highlighted in international news. Baby Jane Allas, a foreign domestic worker based in Hong Kong was fired by her employer after she was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 cervical cancer, with her illness cited as the reason. In losing her employment visa, she lost her right to stay in Hong Kong and her right to access its heavily subsidized public healthcare. Her work termination was, in her words, akin to a death sentence because she would not be able to pay for her treatment if she were to return to her country. Even if she could pay, the urgent treatment that she needed would, according to her, be delayed as she would be placed on a wait-list. Going for treatment would also not be easy as the hospital is far from her home. Continue reading “Ethical treatment of guest workers with non-work related catastrophic medical conditions”