San Diego Law Review

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This Article discusses legislation passed by Congress in 1976 to drastically reduce the eligibility of alien physicians to enter the United States because of a fear of inferior medical services and a belief that such immigration was leading to a shortage of health care providers in some foreign nations. The article surveys the new requirements such as passing both medical and English competence examinations as well as obtaining individual labor certifications. The article goes on to discuss ways in which alien physicians can come to the Unites States without passing these examinations.