No sur­prises here

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

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.

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