Lower Barriers to Immigrant Healthcare Workers to Help Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "In an industry already short of workers, hospitals and healthcare facilities are facing serious staffing shortages in the face of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. As public officials in Washington and across the United States seek to increase the supply of medical equipment necessary to combat the virus, they should also enact policies that will expand the number of foreign-born healthcare workers available to fill shortages of personnel. Foreign-born healthcare workers are already playing a vital role in treating Americans suffering from the coronavirus. A recent analysis of US Census Bureau data by the Cato Institute's David Bier estimates that there are currently nearly 1.7 million foreign-born medical and healthcare workers in the United States, many of whom are aiding in the effort to care for the growing number of COVID-19 patients. In vital research areas, immigrants account for 40 percent of medical and life scientists and 20 percent of biological scientists."

George Mason University, Mercatus Center
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