Foreign-born doctors in the US
Source: American Community Survey, 2009
- India: 40,000
- Philippines: 12,800
- China: 9,600
- Canada: 8,200
- North and South Korea: 7,900
- Pakistan: 7,900
The city of Logan in West Virginia has just 1,779 citizens. The nearest large city, Charleston, is an hour away, via winding roads through the Appalachian mountains. Logan is surrounded by rural land, and is in an area which has lost half its population since the 1950s.
It's a far cry from just about anything that would attract an affluent doctor from overseas. And yet they come.
A visa waiver program was set up in 1994 to address the shortage by offering foreign-born doctors on J-1 student visas an easy path to a permanent residency - if they agree to work in an under-served area for three years. more