Most people know that Trump has signed an executive order attempting to repeal Obamacare. Many patients are worried about the effect of this repeal on their ability to get the medical care they desperately need. Because Trump has not announced any plan to replace Obamacare, it is unclear what the impact will be to patients with pre-existing conditions. 30 Million Americans are at likely to lose health care coverage if Trump fails to replace Obamacare.
Now that Trump has banned immigrants from 6 Muslim countries from entering America, the risk to patients desperately in need of medical care is even greater. Our training hospitals posted job listings for 27,860 new medical graduates last year alone, but American medical schools only put out 18,668 graduates. International physicians percolate throughout the entire medical system. To highlight just one particularly intense specialty, fully 30% of American transplant surgeons started their careers in foreign medical schools. Even with our current influx of international physicians as well as steadily growing domestic medical school spots, the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that we’ll be short by up to 94,700 doctors by 2025.