Foreign-born professionals might be the only solution to cover the labor shortages in one of the vital industries in the U.S. economy. Currently, 25 percent of physicians and surgeons practicing in the U.S. were born outside the country. In addition, about 20 percent of nurses, home health assistants and psychiatric aides were foreign-born in 2010, along with one-sixth of pharmacists, dentists and clinical technicians. Altogether, foreign-born professionals account for 16 percent of all the employees in healthcare related occupations.
With these figures in mind, it’s easy to understand that the health system in the U.S. has come to depend greatly on immigration. Data shows that the native-born healthcare workers simply cannot cover the growing demand. Moreover, it seems that the U.S.-born physicians are mainly choosing more profitable specializations such as orthopedics, obstetrics or dermatology, leaving generalist positions to be filled by foreign-born professionals.
Specialists estimate that the U.S. will face a shortage of 46,100 to 90,400 physicians by 2025, meaning that all these positions are likely to be filled by workers born outside the United States.
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