Health Jobs on List of Jobs with “Highest Licensure Burden”

The New York Times Sunday Magazine has a timely article about the over-regulation of professions in the US and how it creates unnecessary barriers to entering these professions.  This problem of over-regulation is especially important with nearly 13 million Americans unemployed.  Many of these workers lost jobs in fields such as manufacturing and construction that are either dying or won’t rebound for decades–requiring workers to find new professions.

Yet the incumbents of many professions have purposely thrown up barriers to entry to avoid competition.  The Institute for Justice, a Libertarian law firm, ranked over 100 low and moderate income professions based on five criteria (including number of years of education needed and licensing fees).  For those who have read Insourced, there should be no surprise that four of the top ten over-regulated professions were in healthcare.  These included athletic trainer, optician, midwife, and dietetic technician.


About Dr. Kate Tulenko

Dr. Kate Tulenko is a physician, health policy specialist, and Senior Director for Health Systems Innovation at IntraHealth Internatonal. She is the former coordinator of the World Bank’s Africa Health Workforce Program and recently served as team lead on Health Workforce Shortage for the “Reinventing Primary Care Project” for the Hope Street Group, a bipartisan coalition of business, civic and policy leaders. Dr. Tulenko serves on the board of the National Physicians Alliance and on the board of advisors for the Global Business School Network and in 2002 she received a Rainer Arnhold Fellowship for innovation in global development. She is a practicing pediatrician and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Tulenko has degrees from Harvard; Johns Hopkins; and Emmanuel College, Cambridge and holds adjunct faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the George Mason School of Health and Human Services. Her book, "Insourced: How Importing Jobs Impacts the Healthcare Crisis Here and Abroad", addresses how the U.S. is underinvesting in training young Americans to be health workers and instead imports doctors and nurses from poor countries with extreme health worker shortages. Opinions expressed in "Insourced" represent those of Dr. Tulenko alone and do not represent opinions or policies of any of her current or past employers. Dr. Tulenko grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and Gainesville, Florida. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband and two daughters with whom she enjoys exploring the beauty of art and nature. Follow Dr. Tulenko on twitter at ktulenko.
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