As many as 75 doctors from the six banned countries in President Trump's new immigration order provide 100,000 to 150,000 appointments each year to patients in the Buffalo-Niagara region, according to an analysis by a team of doctors and economists at Harvard University and MIT.
The analysis, a part of the Immigrant Doctors Project, indicates that immigrant doctors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen play a key role in providing care in the United States, especially in the Rust Belt and Appalachia. Using data from Doximity, an online professional network for doctors, the researchers found that more than 7,000 physicians trained in those countries see an estimated 14 million visits from patients each year.
The five cities with the highest share of doctors from the targeted countries are Detroit, Toledo, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Dayton. The percentage of doctors from these countries is above average in this region, according to the report.
One-quarter of America's doctors are foreign-born. The researchers said their analysis raises at least two concerns – that not all of the physicians currently in the U.S. have stability in their immigration status, and that the physicians from the six banned countries have been important to the health care workforce, especially in rural and underserved areas.
The Association of American Medical Colleges, among other medical groups, criticized the revised executive order.
"We are deeply disappointed that the revised executive order and accompanying fact sheet do not explicitly recognize the importance of international medical graduates, physicians and medical researchers to the nation’s health security," Darrell Kirch, chief executive officer, said in a statement.
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