Lower Barriers to Immigrant Healthcare Workers to Help Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic
5 Pages Posted: 5 May 2020
Date Written: April 7, 2020
In an industry already short of workers, hospitals and healthcare facilities are facing serious staffing shortages in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. As public officials in Washington and across the United States seek to increase the supply of medical equipment necessary to combat the virus, they should also enact policies that will expand the number of foreign-born healthcare workers available to fill shortages of personnel.
Governments at the federal and local levels must do more in this time of national emergency to open the door for more foreign-born workers to help treat the growing number of COVID-19 cases. This brief outlines several policy options that government officials should take to allow more foreign-born physicians, nurses, and other frontline medical workers to stay and work in the United States at a time when they are needed more than ever.
Keywords: workforce, employment, immigration, labor, healthcare, coronavirus, coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, public health, economics, quarantine, economy, economic crisis
JEL Classification: I00, I18, E20, J01, J15, J20, J60, J68
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