Unbiased Analysis of Today's Healthcare Issues

Foreign-Educated Healthcare Workers

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Nov• 11•13
Many of the health care workers serving Americans were either born or educated abroad?  Where do they come from?  A paper by Chen et al. (2013) gives the answer.

Top 5 countries for foreign educated physicians

  • India: 20.4%
  • Philippines: 8.1%
  • Pakistan: 6.0%
  • Mexico: 5.4%
  • Dominican Republic: 3.2%
Top 5 countries for foreign educated nurses (RNs)
  • Philippines: 50.1%
  • Canada: 11.9%
  • India: 9.6%
  • United Kingdom 6.0%
  • Nigeria: 2.1%
Top 5 countries for direct care workers (e.g., home health aides, nurse aides)
  • Mexico: 15.3%
  • Philippines: 9.7%
  • Jamaica: 9.0%
  • Haiti: 8.1%
  • Dominican Republic: 5.0%
Source:
  • Peggy G. Chen, David I. Auerbach, Ulrike Muench, Leslie A. Curry, and Elizabeth H. Bradley. Policy Solutions to Address The Foreign Educated and Foreign-Bord Health Care Workforce in The United States. Health Affairs 32(11): 2013.
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