America’s Waiting Room

What does immigration have to do with healthcare?

The physician-to-patient ratio in the United States is inadequate. Among other developed countries, the U.S. ranks toward the bottom of the list.

A study from 2015 demonstrated that almost a quarter of residents in the medical field were foreign medical graduates.

The U.S. trains far too few physicians inside its borders to care for all its patients – America needs foreigners to help offset the imbalance. However, American laws make it very difficult for many born or trained outside of the U.S. to practice medicine.

 

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Number of medical graduates per 100,000 inhabitants (Source: OECD.org)

 

 

 

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