US opening doors to Indian medical graduates under Covid-19 pressure
WASHINGTON: New York and New Jersey have taken the lead in temporarily drafting foreign medical graduates — hundreds of Indians among them — in addition to enlisting retirees and medical school students, to join the battle against the coronavirus epidemic.
Governors of the two states have signed executive orders this week waiving licensing requirements or granting temporary licenses to foreign-born and foreign-licensed physicians in the US for training, in an effort to relieve pressure on the current overstretched work force and in anticipation of a huge spike in Covid-19 cases over the next few weeks.
The changes could see more than 1000 Indian physicians and medical graduates who are currently in the US on J1 and H1B visas join the battle, particularly if other states follow suit and Washington endorses the move. Every year, roughly 4,000 foreign physicians – and notwithstanding the shortage of doctors at home, a third of them are from India — come to the US on J-1 visas for residencies at teaching hospitals, mostly with the intent to immigrate.
Given this situation, many Indian physicians train in the US and then decamp to other western countries that are more hospitable in terms of immigration. Despite this there are an estimated 100,000 doctors of Indian-origin in the US, — many of them having immigrated when things were easier — including second-generation Indian-American physicians.
Nearly three in ten US physicians (29 per cent) are foreign-born, besides, 22 percent of nursing assistants and 38 percent of home health aides. Altogether, foreign-born workers make up 17 percent of the US health care and social services industry.
As with many other things, the coronavirus pandemic is forcing American politicians to rethink policies to come up with ways to streamline and channel foreign medical graduates into the US system at a faster pace, although the New Jersey notification makes it clear the waivers are temporary.
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Better to go there and be on the frontline rather than getting slapped by patients in India, which has become rather common nowadays. Last few days doctors are on the Frontline in India without proper protection treating patients.
TRUTH BE TOLD
A lot of Indians will be ready to serve Americans before Indians.
In this particular case the probability of death is real. The returns are not worth it. They will get "temporary" visa.
Bcos they are slapped and kicked in India
Bali ka bakra banna hai to US chale jao....This Indian doctors who go there will be put on the front lines.
St upid statement ! All US Healthcare workers are on the front line right now, they need more hands.
use and throw strategy as usual.
Indian govt should ban Doctors and nurses from going abroad to work because of emergency Covid - 19 situation in india , Indian govt spends lakhs of rupees to train medical students to become doctors. that's taxpayers money.
The US needs them desperately right now so it has removed those restriction.
India spends plenty of taxpayer money on building useless statues and places of religion. If they had spent more money in building hospitals and schools, our condition would have been better.
You understand that these doctors in the article are already in foreign countries, waiting for licensing?
There is a shortage of doctors in India.
Indian doctors who move to western countries just want more money and a better quality life.
And I see nothing wrong with that.
80% of these doctors get fake degrees and cannot even use stethoscope correctly.
Good opportunity for Indian med graduates to work their instead of getting beaten up on roads in India like dogs. Atleast you will be well paid and have healtcare and quality of life and overall work standards.
Anup Jitendra Shah
India itself needs Doctors in this situation of crisis. Our Govt should think over on those grounds & deny them from travelling. Lets first serve our citizens.
India has shortage of doctors, but sl ve indian gaddar doctors will go to usa, risk getting corona & when corona is over will be deported back to india
Yeah. Just like feku's illiterate sl ves who keep dissing everything they can't get.
hay quack gaddar biju go wipe your white masters behind
India doctors should not fall for sl very tricks of USA. Please dont go there.
Indian doctors should help our community first before other communities
So far Indian doctors have gained good reputation
I think US Government will have to make it permanent residency for al those who help them at this critical juncture otherwise its too much of risk to people's lives.
Pappu Pass or Fail
Now US had learned they need Indians Tech and Medical persons to thier economy not the Chinese....
How this is not a job loss for America born doctors?
first they should be given citizenship ,they should not accept the offer otherwise.
Phew ! I is too late that US is realizing it now..