The Immigration Ban and The Physician Workforce


from Health Affairs

The Executive Order restricting visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen has many legal, political, and moral implications. But here we will focus on the medical implications of the executive order, by considering its impact on the physician workforce in the United States and the patients that rely on these immigrant doctors.

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    Christina Sullivan

    I disagree so much with this article. I work in the healthcare industry. First of all, the ban on visas from these countries is temporary – not permanent. Furthermore, in my state of Alabama I cannot get a foreign medical graduate even licensed if he/she hasn’t attended a 3-year residency within the U.S. or an approved Canadian residency program. Also, said ‘eligible U.S. trained resident’ must already have a “working Visa” (i.e. long-term) or be a naturalized citizen before I can get him/her licensed. So to me… this article is just MORE liberal propaganda non-sense. Pure non-sense.

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