A new study proved that immigrant doctors might provide better healthcare than US medical graduates. Based on the data provided by a new study which is against Trump’s immigrant controversy, immigrant doctors from Pakistan and India managed to lower the death rate in the United Stated due to their amazing skills.
Researchers included the help of specialists from Harvard Medical School in the US to analyze whether the outcomes of patients depended on where their doctors were previously trained. Scientists restricted the list to only eight countries which registered the higher number of international medical graduates who go to America. The countries were China, Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria, Syria, Philippines, Pakistan, and India.
In the United States, the most of the international graduates originated from Pakistan, India and the Philippines. The study did not include those US citizens who went abroad to study and got back to America to practice medicine. Researchers also noted that the standards used nowadays to select international medical graduates are based on a rigorous selection process to ensure best medical care.
Immigrant doctors represent a quarter of the number of physicians working in Australia, Canada, UK, and US. Even if international graduates are required to pass certain examinations to be allowed to practice medicine in the US and UK, some specialists are concerned about the quality of their services.
Until now, there was no study or palpable proof which demonstrated the clear cut difference between the medical care provided by the US graduates and the one provided by immigrant doctors. Nevertheless, a team of scientists decided to analyze patients’ outcomes to demonstrate whether there exists any difference between the treatment and care given by these two types of doctors mentioned above.
Researchers examined approximately 1.2 million Medicare beneficiaries who were 65 years old or even older and who were hospitalized due to a medical condition between 2011 and 2014. They were treated by more than 44,000 US or international graduates. Researchers established that if the quality of care were equivalent between immigrant doctors and US graduates, then for every 250 patients who were treated by US medical graduates, only one patient would remain alive.
Apparently, readmission rates were not different for US graduates compared to international graduates. Nevertheless, the costs of care per admission were higher for immigrant doctors, compared to US medical graduates.
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