Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, February 18, 2013

Importing Foreign Health Care

Health care is one of the few bright spots in the our economy now. While other sectors have lost jobs during this recession, health care added 1.2 million high-paying jobs. But unfortunately, tens of thousands of Americans were locked out of those jobs in favor of foreign-trained medical workers. Hospitals are recruiting foreign doctors and nurses instead of Americans.

On my Saturday Eagle Forum Live radio program, I recently interviewed Dr. Kate Tulenko, who is eminently qualified with medical degrees and international experience to explain how this has a big impact on patient care. Dr. Tulenko said that every year hundreds of thousands of foreigners come to America to take health care jobs at the same time that hundreds of thousands of well-qualified American applicants are turned away from medical schools. The problem is that nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and medical schools have not increased the number of students they take despite a big increased demand for health care services in the United States. Instead of meeting the need to train more people, the medical professional associations are focusing on increasing the time required for training. A few decades ago, physical therapists needed only a bachelor's degree; then a master's degree was required; and now physical therapists must have a Ph.D. There is no evidence that this credential creep is either cost-effective or gives us better patient care. Longer and more expensive education requirements mean that many people can no longer afford so many years in school. Dr. Kate Tulenko's book explains this more fully. It is entitled Insourced: How Importing Jobs Impacts the Healthcare Crisis.

I urge you to keep up to date on how health care rules and taxes, and the new Obamacare, impact your health and your budget by going to www.eagleforum.org.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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