January 31, 2019

THE HIGH COST OF RACISM:

TRUMP'S TRAVEL BAN IS WORSENING HEALTH CARE SHORTAGES IN RURAL AMERICA (SAM PEAK, 1/31/19, Niskanen Center)

We have just marked the second anniversary of President Trump's original travel ban, which resulted in significant negative consequences for immigrants and raised difficult legal questions ultimately heard by the Supreme Court. One impact unknown to many is that the ban magnified America's rural health care crisis, because it has blocked medical professionals from affected countries from coming to the United States.

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that in the years spanning 2016-2030, the number of Americans age 65 and older will have increased from 49.2 million to 73 million. By that time, there will be a shortage of 42,600-121,300 doctors across the country, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The United States simply has too few doctors available to treat its rapidly aging population. Instead of restricting access to physicians, our leaders should seek to recruit and retain foreign doctors. But the travel ban did the opposite.

For instance, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen -- six of the seven countries originally banned -- account for more than 7,000 physicians practicing in the United States. In fact, Iran and Syria are two of the top ten nations that supply the United States with physicians.

Only the Right could find a way to make hygiene unhealthy.

Posted by at January 31, 2019 12:35 PM

  

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