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Kentucky: To DIE For

 15 percent fewer U.S. medical-school graduates applied to Kentucky residency programs in the 2023-24 academic year, part of a trend related to states’ strong anti-abortion laws enacted after the federal right to abortion was abolished… In OB-GYN programs, there was an even sharper 23% decline… Kentucky hospitals are already dealing with an “acute shortage” of health care workers, with nearly 13,000 job vacancies in hospitals at the end of 2022…  [M]ore than half of Kentucky’s 120 counties didn’t have a single OB-GYN specialist in 2022-23…

“You wouldn’t come if you’re a young woman and know that if something happens to you, you might die because they aren’t gonna let you get the health care you need,” [explained one local pediatrician.]


It’s already one of our very worst states, without adding a health system composed of the dumbest, most desperate MDs in America… or forget MDs… Kentucky will offer its populace their pick of degree mill grads from Dagestan and Irkutsk.

Margaret Soltan, May 18, 2024 9:29AM
Posted in: march of science

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6 Responses to “Kentucky: To DIE For”

  1. Dmitry Says:

    I was told the US imported its doctors from India and nurses from the Philippines. I doubt they would decline offers based on state policies.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Those groups go to rich places like mine own ‘thesda. Much too good for Paducah. And certainly given the national nursing shortage they are able to select among icky and non-icky states.

  3. Dmitry Says:

    I was thinking of the future where, presumably, the US could restrict entry unless the doctors and/or nurses agreed to go to specific states. The Philippines are overwhelmingly Catholic so the nurses may not have issues with going to backward areas.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Not sure. It’s very non-US to restrict in a top-down way where people can work and live.

    And in most of the icky states the problem is evangelical Christian rather than Catholic. Not that any foreign-born Catholic could make sense of the specific madness of reactionary Catholicism in this country.

  5. Dmitry Says:

    These aren’t exactly the importing I had in mind but restricting where people can go in exchange for immigration benefits is clearly being considered.

    1) Apparently there is a process where foreign doctors receiving additional medical training in the States can opt to work in underserved areas instead of returning home for two years.


    2) There’s also proposed legislation:


    Regarding the nurses from the Philippines, I meant that they may be opposed to abortion and other treatments on their own religious grounds and therefore not concerned about working in states where those are banned.

  6. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Dmitry: All good points.

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