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MED SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION: HEALTH CARE REFORM WILL BALLOON ALREADY SEVERE DOCTOR SHORTAGE

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The shortage of 39,000 doctors expected by 2014 is now estimated to be 63,000 as a result of 30,000,000 more people having access to health care. Isn't it time to pass physician immigration reform legislation so that more foreign doctors trained in the US get the opportunity to stay?

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    I think some antis are interested in reducing the rank of seniors. Alan Simpson is not foolish enough to say it out loud..but I think he believes that seniors should drop dead. His buddy Richard Lamm thought so back in the 1980s.
  2. Jim's Avatar
    HCR reform has the same effect for nurses and the nursing shortage is more pronounced than the doctor shortage.

    In the hospital setting, for every one physician there is probably at least 3-4 nurses that is needed. Let's not forget ancillary HC personnels as well. The ratio per physician is probably in the 3-4 for every one physician needed.

    Maybe a single bill for physician, nurse and physical therapists is worth looking into. The lameduck session is the perfect time.

  3. George Chell's Avatar
    If the docs and nurses came from European countries or Australia instead of Singapore or the Philippines, congress will not face much opposition from the likes of FAIR and CIS. The main reason why the antis and folks in congress dont oppose the dilution of American culture by importing foreign actors....

    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/67511/20101001/an-all-white-academy-awards-this-year.htm
  4. Mike's Avatar
    In respect to Employer mandates, it appears from www.BenefitsManager.net and www.AHealthInsuranceQuote.com analysis that employers nationwide will be assessed a $2,000 penalty for every employee not offered group health insurance or commonly referred to employer sponsored health insurance. Does this include part time employees that traditionally didn't qualify or buy health insurance in the first place because of the cost vrs. Hours worked? How in the world is an employer going to absorb this cost? So if an employee doesn't want to participate in paying their share, the employer is penalized $2,000?
  5. Jim's Avatar
    "If the docs and nurses came from European countries or Australia instead of Singapore or the Philippines, congress will not face much opposition from the likes of FAIR and CIS"

    Very true. Discrimination from US nurses is also limited to nurses from asia. If it's nurses from UK and Australia they don't mind. What they don't know is that nurses from UK and Australia are actually not equivalent to US nurses because they use a different system and they have to take up additional courses just so their education/transcripts be evaluated as equal. Nurses from the Philippines don't need such extra courses and not only that their BS degrees are equal to a US BS nursing degrees as the Philippines uses the same curriculum and system as the US does.

    What's more interesting is nurses from UK actually don't have the patience to wait for the visa backlogs to clear and many have either gone to Australia or Canada already and they usually cancel their US petitions as they do not have any desire to go anymore. Whereas Filipino nurses because of their desire to live in the US are willing to wait. The Physician and nursing shortage will not be easing if that's the attitude of people towards those physicians and nurses that are not Caucasians that actually want to live in the US compared to physicians and nurses from UK and Australia that do not have the patience to undergo all the processes and the patience to wait.
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