Medical migration to the U.S. trends and impact.

Daniel Polsky, Julie Sochalski, Linda H. Aiken, Richard A. Cooper

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The United States is in the midst of a prolonged nursing shortage, one that could reach a deficit of 800,000 registered nurses (RNs) by 2020. Increasingly, foreign-trained nurses are migrating to the U.S., particularly from low-income countries, seeking higher wages and a higher standard of living. Increased reliance on immigration may adversely affect health care in lower-income countries without solving the U.S. shortage. This Issue Brief analyzes trends in medical migration, and explores its short- and long-term effects on the health care workforce in the U.S. and in developing countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalLDI issue brief
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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