President Trump's executive order on immigration could make it harder for some people to see doctors, analysis from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says.
"One-quarter of America’s physicians are foreign-born," the Boston Globe reported. "Immigrant doctors are often the mainstays of medical care in rural areas, with hospitals providing incentives, such as sponsoring visas or helping the doctors get status as permanent residents."
NBC reported that the analysis found doctors from the six countries named in the latest executive order "have tended to cluster in states like Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia."
It quoted Atul Grover, executive vice president of The Association of American Medical Colleges, as saying up to several hundred doctors will not be able to begin medical residencies this year unless they are granted waivers to the order.
An interactive map the researchers compiled shows that the Harrisburg area has 20 to 30 doctors from affected countries, with an estimated 40,000 to 60,000 appointments a year. Lancaster is not listed individually.
Researchers wrote in the industry publication Health Affairs that concern includes physicians already here, saying, "Not all of these physicians have stability in their immigration status; even for those that do, their ability to see family members and loved ones from affected countries is now highly curtailed."
In all, they said, more than 7,000 physicians trained in countries targeted by the executive order are currently working in the United States.
The Chicago Tribute reported that a separate visa processing change could also cause problems, and that the Association of American Medical Colleges projects the U.S. will have a shortage of between 46,100 and 90,400 doctors by 2025.