The COVID-19 pandemic made state and federal lawmakers acutely aware of how state based regulation of clinicians contributes to the overall shortage of health care providers and obstructs their rapid response to public health emergencies. Governors tacitly acknowledged this when they issued executive actions temporarily suspending most of these regulations. Policymakers should learn from this. States should reform health care practitioner licensing laws to allow providers to move more quickly to areas where they are needed, which will allow patients better access to health care. State medical licensing laws block a large pool of experienced and motivated health care practitioners from other countries who are eager to come to America and provide health care. The event will start with a screening of the new #CatoImmigration documentary, Doctors with Borders: Embracing the Potential of Immigrant Doctors. During the event, submit questions on Twitter using #CatoHealth ?... • ? . , ., , Senior Legal Research Fellow, Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation • ?, , ?, ?, (@maqhalepota), Medical Director/?Managing Partner, Palo Verde Cancer Center • ? ?, , (@AlexNowrasteh), Director of Immigration Studies, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, The Cato Institute • . , , ?, (@dr4liberty), Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute Follow #CatoCOVID for updates on the coronavirus pandemic from The Cato Institute, and #CatoImmigration for news and commentary on immigration policies.
Doctors with Borders: Embracing the Potential of Immigrant Doctors