President Donald Trump’s new travel ban could mean a loss of healthcare providers in some the country’s poorest areas.
There are 7,000 doctors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — the six countries targeted in Trump’s new executive order — who work in the United States. Collectively, they keep more than 14 million doctor appointments annually, 2 million of which are kept in areas facing doctor shortages, according to a report by the Boston-based Immigrant Doctors Project.
“These doctors are helping Americans in rural areas and in medically underserved areas — like some parts of the Rust Belt and Appalachia — live healthier and more productive lives," said Mitra Akhtari, one of the team of 10 Harvard and MIT researchers who spent the last three weeks working to produce the analysis. “These doctors have been making critical contributions as health care professionals in our communities. We are hopeful that this new analysis will show another critical role immigrants play in the fabric of our country.”