Eighteen months into the global pandemic, coronavirus is still overwhelming the U.S. healthcare system with death tolls topping those we saw over 100 years ago during the Spanish Flu epidemic, despite a widely available vaccine. Of those, more than 3,600 healthcare workers also lost their lives. Therefore, it is little surprise that three in ten healthcare workers are considering leaving the profession due to burnout. Of course, there are myriad reasons why the U.S. healthcare workforce is overworked and understaffed, as detailed by my colleague Robert Orr, but there are only a handful of solutions.
Recruiting foreign-trained doctors and nurses is an easy fix to a complicated issue and one that bipartisan members of Congress currently support in two complementary pieces of legislation.
Meghan Holquist, Niskanen Center, September 29, 2021
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