Workshop: Health care provision for migrants

Health care provision for migrants: Comparing approaches to ethical challenges in Germany and the United Kingdom

An international, interdisciplinary workshop for young scholars

March 14-18, 2016, Munich, Germany

Abstracts due September 1st, 2015

An increase in international migration over the last decades has had various consequences for the provision of public health care in European countries. Destination countries face many challenges, for example migration-sensitive research and health care surveillance, the access to health care and the inclusion/exclusion of specific migrant groups, the communication between health care personnel and migrated patients, especially in the context of shared decision-making about medical treatment. These challenges have an ethical dimension because they concern the well-being and self-determination of patients, they pose questions of equitable access to and fair distribution of health care resources and they warrant further reflection on medical decision-making in cases of value conflict due to divergent cultural and religious backgrounds of patient and physician. A comparison of different approaches and strategies to these challenges in two countries can deepen our understanding and lead to the development of ethically acceptable solutions to pending problems.

Main questions of the workshop:

  • Terminology and knowledge production: How do we talk about migrant health?
  • Access to public health care: Who should be in-/excluded and for what reasons?
  • Allocation of responsibility: Who should be held responsible for overcoming access barriers to health care?
  • Value pluralism: How to deal with cultural diversity and the search for ethical universals?

Confirmed Experts

Prof. Dr. Viola Burau (Aarhus University, Denmark) Associate Professor in Public Policy at the Department of Political Science

Dr. HiranthiJiayaweera (University of Oxford, UK) Senior researcher at the Center on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)

Prof. Dr. Oliver Razum (Bielefeld University, Germany) Head of the Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health

Prof. Dr. Hella von Unger (LMU Munich, Germany) Professor for qualitative research methods at the Institute for Sociology

Prof. Dr. Monika Führer (LMU Munich, Germany) Head of the Coordination Center for Pediatric Palliative Care, University Children’s Hospital

Prof. Dr. Richard Huxtable (University of Bristol, UK) Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ilhan Ilkilic (Istanbul University, Turkey) Associate Professor at the Department of History of Medicine and Ethics

Prof. Dr. Georg Marckmann (LMU Munich, Germany) Head of the Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine

Prof. Dr. Alena Buyx (CAU Kiel, Germany) Head of the division of Biomedical Ethics

Participation in the workshop

The workshop will give a forum to young scholars from all relevant disciplines (e.g. medicine, nursing, ethics, law, sociology, social work, psychology, political science, and others) to present their work on these issues and discuss their theses critically with peers working in the field and other distinguished experts. Field trips and lectures by renowned experts are also part of the workshop.

Fourteen participants will be selected on the basis of the quality of their application and their fit into the program by a board of experts in the field of medical ethics, philosophy, sociology, public health and law.

Expenses for travel, accommodation and meals will be covered. Each participant will receive an honorarium of €300. Additionally, a joint publication in a prominent journal of the field is planned to present main outcomes of the workshop.

How to apply

We invite young scholars (doctoral students, postdocs, and junior professors) to apply with an abstract on one of the four main topics. These issues should be addressed within the context of the health care systems of Germany, the United Kingdom or both. Abstracts (max. 500 words) should be submitted electronically, together with a short CV and a full publication list until September 1, 2015. 

For further information or to apply, please contact the organizing team at corinna.klingler[at] or go here.

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