Lower Barriers to Immigrant Healthcare Workers to Help Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic

5 Pages Posted: 5 May 2020

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Daniel T. Griswold

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Jack Salmon

George Mason University - Mercatus Center

Date Written: April 7, 2020

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Griswold, Daniel T. and Salmon, Jack, Lower Barriers to Immigrant Healthcare Workers to Help Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 7, 2020). Mercatus Special Edition Policy Brief, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3592978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3592978

Daniel T. Griswold (Contact Author)

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Jack Salmon

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