STUDY: Nearly 1 In 3 US Physicians Are Foreign-Born

Medical XPress reports:

At a time when immigration is a hot-button issue, the American health care system is highly dependent on professionals born in other countries, an analysis of U.S. census data shows. In 2016, roughly 17 percent of professionals in 24 medical fields—from optometrists to chiropractors to veterinarians—were foreign-born, and almost 5 percent of them were not U.S. citizens, according to the analysis published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The analysis could not distinguish between professionals trained in their country of origin and those trained in the United States. The rates were even higher for the most educated providers. About one in five pharmacists, one in four dentists, and 29 percent of physicians—approaching one in three—were foreign-born. Among one of the biggest occupational groups—psychiatric, nursing and home health aides—23 percent were foreign-born.