Prominent doctors of Indian origin in the US will be pushing for reforms at the legislative level to cater to the issue of scarcity of doctors in the US at the annual AAPI Legislative Day to be held in Washington. Issues such as hate crime incidents, the backlog of green cards and health care reforms will also be discussed at the meeting. American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin or the AAPI is the leading organization in the US that represents Indian-American doctors.
Chairperson of the AAPI Legislative Affairs Dr. Sampat Shivangi said that there is a scarcity of doctors in the US that is impacting the standard of care offered to the patients in the US. At several instances, diverse patients are facing prolonged delays in diverse specialties.
The circumstances will only get poor in the years ahead added Dr. Shivangi. He also explained that to cater to this scarcity of doctors the previous session of the US Congress had introduced a legislation to hike residency slots by 15,000 that would train 45,000 additional physicians.
On the issue of hate crime incidents, Dr. Sampat said that AAPI is against all forms of hate crimes against the Indian-Americans. AAPI will also be hosting a reception for the members of the US Congress on May 3 that is expected to be attended by more than 20 lawmakers.
The whitepaper introduced by the AAPI noted that several Indian-Americans have to wait for many years to get approval for their green cards owing to backlogs. 173 members of the US Congress have co-sponsored a bipartisan legislation ‘The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017’ that would cater to this issue, quotes the Indian Express.
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