No surprises here
The use of international graduates isn’t just an issue for general surgery (“Report notes U.S. dependence on international graduates to provide general surgeons,” Modern Healthcare.com, July 11). Declining reimbursement, the high costs of a medical education, the med-mal crisis, uncertainties of compensation under health reform, 21%plus threatened reduction in Medicare Part B reimbursement and immigration laws that make it easier for unskilled laborers than physicians to enter the U.S. legally. Any surprise we are facing a shortage of physicians?
Hal Teitelbaum Managing partner and CEO Crystal Run Healthcare Middletown, N.Y.