Opinion: To Fix the Healthcare People Problem We Must Address Education, Immigration, and Regulation
Steven Landers, MD, MPH, President & CEO of VNA Health Group, has been at the forefront of exploring ways to address the “people problem” in the U.S. healthcare industry, where there aren’t enough available caregivers to meet the needs of the public. He recently posted a blog suggesting that addressing education, immigration, and regulation is key to solving this crisis.
“The United States healthcare industry has a people problem, there just aren’t enough available caregivers to meet the needs of the public. When people are faced with new medical problems, or when they have chronic health issues they turn to the expertise, counsel, and compassion of nurses, aides, doctors, and a whole cadre of other health professionals. Well, this ‘army’ of skill and love is depleted; the shortages are hurting the quality and availability of care and are contributing to avoidable suffering,” he writes.
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