Do we need foreign-born physicians?
I am convinced that our physician shortage is slightly more of a distribution problem than a production problem. Having worked in hospital administration for a decade in a midsize university town 3 hours from New York, I was frustrated by this daily. Physicians are begging for jobs in NYC and accepting positions that make it nearly impossible for them to manage their debt, even with a roomate. The Graham Center for Policy in Family Medicine and Primary Care found that the United States has about 80 primary care physicians per 100,000 people, which includes an average of 68 primary care physicians for every 100,000 residents in rural areas and 84 primary care physicians per 100,000 residents in urban areas. This unequal distribution "implies that many areas have relative primary care shortages, especially rural communities and areas of measurable social deprivation."Read More