Jill Schwieters, Cielo Healthcare President, was recently published in Becker’s Hospital Review. Her article, “In the first 100 days: Fix healthcare by fixing immigration,” highlights how the Trump administration could help rein in the cost of healthcare through sensible immigration reform. Jill says that relaxing the H1B visa process would allow more qualified healthcare professionals into the United States, where a labor shortage has become a real problem that is only going to get worse.
Excerpt from the article:
“The healthcare worker shortage is real. America's 3 million nurses make up the largest segment of the healthcare workforce and nursing is currently one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. Despite that growth, demand is outpacing supply. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.2 million vacancies will emerge for registered nurses between 2014 and 2022. And according to a team at Vanderbilt University, by 2025, the shortfall is expected to be 'more than twice as large as any nurse shortage experienced since the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid in the mid-1960s.'
“We need to consider basic laws of supply and demand. When it comes to healthcare professionals, we have a supply problem. If the Trump administration wants to ensure healthcare that is safe and affordable for Americans, immigration reform can play a role by making sure it is easier for qualified healthcare workers to enter the U.S. This is a solution that doesn't cost the federal government a dime, but reduces costs for patients while improving care.
“By relaxing the H1B visa process to allow for more qualified healthcare professionals to enter the United States, we can solve the shortage problem without lowering standards or sacrificing quality. H1B visas are non-immigrant visas that allow companies to hire graduate level workers in fields like medicine that require specialized training.”
You can read Jill’s full article at Becker's Hospital Review: "In the first 100 days: Fix healthcare by fixing immigration."