Immigration could ease caregiver shortage

Elizabeth O’Brian—Market Watch, 11/6/13

It’s been well documented that the U.S. faces a looming caregiver shortage as boomers age. Researcher Rand Corp. addresses this coming crisis in a report in the November issue of Health Affairs, and suggests that making it easier for immigrants to work as caregivers could help ease the crisis. The report focuses on foreign-educated and foreign-born health care workers, a group that includes doctors, nurses and direct care workers who often assist the elderly…Foreign-born workers represent 21% of direct caregivers in the U.S., according to the Rand report. No employment-sponsored visas exist for direct-care workers, and most of the legal immigrants who do such work enter the country through family-sponsored visas. An estimated one in five direct care workers is undocumented.  Read more



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