Amid crunch, US reintroduces law to attract foreign doctors

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Amid crunch, US reintroduces law to attract foreign doctors

Washington, June 8

To address shortage of doctors in the US, a bi-partisan group of influential senators have announced the reintroduction of a legislation to attract foreign doctors to serve primarily in rural areas of the country. The move is likely to benefit thousands of Indian doctors who are already in the US, and those aspiring to come to the country.

Work permission for spouses

  • At present, doctors on J-1 visa are required to return to their home country for two years after their residency
  • The law allows spouses of doctors to work

The reintroduction of the Conrad State 30 and Physician Access Reauthorisation Act would allow international physicians to remain in the US upon completing their residency under the condition that they practice in areas experiencing doctor shortage.

Reintroduced by Senator Jacky Rosen, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labour and Pensions Committee (HELP), alongside Senators Amy Klobuchar, Susan Collins, and Joni Ernst, the legislation would also help increase the number of doctors available to work in under-served areas, a media release said on Monday.

Senators Angus King, John Thune, Jeff Merkley, Shelley Moore Capito, Chris Coons, and Roy Blunt are co-sponsors of the legislation. — PTI

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