Even in today’s politically correct climate, some patients and healthcare professionals hold on to the belief that a foreign doctor’s education is far inferior to that of American physicians. Though possibly true in certain instances, a study published in the August 2010 issue of Health Affairs, calls this belief into question.
In the study, the performance of primary-care clinicians, internal medicine physicians and cardiologists related to the care of congestive heart failure (CHF) and/or heart attack patients were tracked and the clinical outcomes of the patients noted. Despite popular opinion, the results of the study showed that patients of foreign physicians trained outside the United States had a lower patient death rate compared to American doctors.
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