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10/01/12

Solving the healthcare shortage crisis by going international: What you should know

By Shari Sandifer
Solving the healthcare shortage crisis by going international: What you should know

Over the past few years – amid an aging population – concerns about how to handle the growing number of Americans who require increased access to healthcare services have reached new heights. Medical students weighed

down by loan debt are shunning traditional, general medicine and turning toward more the more lucrative specialties sectors, creating a shortage of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the areas we need them most – the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of 45,000 primary-care doctors by 2020. This problem is compounded by President Obama’s proposed Affordable Care Act, which will give 32 million more Americans access to health insurance an create an even larger bottleneck in an industry already struggling to accommodate its current load.

There is a simple solution to this lack of resources in America: Recruit from the outside. Unfortunately, misconceptions about trained professionals acquired from developing countries, like the Philippines – the world’s leading exporter of nurses – abound when, in fact, these healthcare workers are well-educated, highly trained professionals who flourish when properly assimilated into their new work and cultural environments. Below are a few benefits of hiring of international healthcare professionals, who can provide the best, most attainable solution to the United States’ current healthcare shortage crisis.

They speak English fluently and are effective communicators. U.S. immigration law mandates that international healthcare professionals take a language proficiency test. Although it may take a bit of adjustment for many to speak as rapidly as a native speaker or pick up on slang, they are effective communicators and language barriers are not an issue after a little time and patience.

Using a team of immigration experts can expedite the intricate processes involved in bringing international workers into the U.S. Hiring individuals from other countries is complex – involving educational credentialing, U.S. licensure and visa sponsorship – and large delays often occur when people unfamiliar with the process attempt to navigate it. Partnering with experts adept at the procedures involved, like Avant, can provide a seamless experience that can secure an employee within as little as six months.

Hiring international professionals is a cost-effective solution to the healthcare shortage crisis. The healthcare industry is not only currently plagued with a shortage of workers – it also contends with a high turnover rate of U.S.-native professionals. This not only increases recruitment costs over the long-term, but also creates unstable, stressful and often inefficient – office environments. By working with a company that is skilled in matching the right professional with a healthcare organization, the retention rate for new, international employees is an astounding 85% for a two-year assignment, which bodes well for organizations seeking stability and qualified additions to a core staff, and makes the investment in a professional healthcare staffing firm worthwhile.

Over the past few years – amid an aging population – concerns about how to handle the growing number of Americans who require increased access to healthcare services have reached new heights. Medical students weighed down by loan debt are shunning traditional, general medicine and turning toward more the more lucrative specialties sectors, creating a shortage of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the areas we need them most – the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of 45,000 primary-care doctors by 2020. This problem is compounded by President Obama’s proposed Affordable Care Act, which will give 32 million more Americans access to health insurance an create an even larger bottleneck in an industry already struggling to accommodate its current load.

There is a simple solution to this lack of resources in America: Recruit from the outside. Unfortunately, misconceptions about trained professionals acquired from developing countries, like the Philippines – the world’s leading exporter of nurses – abound when, in fact, these healthcare workers are well-educated, highly trained professionals who flourish when properly assimilated into their new work and cultural environments. Below are a few benefits of hiring of international healthcare professionals, who can provide the best, most attainable solution to the United States’ current healthcare shortage crisis.
They speak English fluently and are effective communicators. U.S. immigration law mandates that international healthcare professionals take a language proficiency test. Although it may take a bit of adjustment for many to speak as rapidly as a native speaker or pick up on slang, they are effective communicators and language barriers are not an issue after a little time and patience.

Using a team of immigration experts can expedite the intricate processes involved in bringing international workers into the U.S. Hiring individuals from other countries is complex – involving educational credentialing, U.S. licensure and visa sponsorship – and large delays often occur when people unfamiliar with the process attempt to navigate it. Partnering with experts adept at the procedures involved, like Avant, can provide a seamless experience that can secure an employee within as little as six months.

Hiring international professionals is a cost-effective solution to the healthcare shortage crisis. The healthcare industry is not only currently plagued with a shortage of workers – it also contends with a high turnover rate of U.S.-native professionals. This not only increases recruitment costs over the long-term, but also creates unstable, stressful and often inefficient – office environments. By working with a company that is skilled in matching the right professional with a healthcare organization, the retention rate for new, international employees is an astounding 85% for a two-year assignment, which bodes well for organizations seeking stability and qualified additions to a core staff, and makes the investment in a professional healthcare staffing firm worthwhile.

 

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