Texas data shows origin of foreign-trained doctors

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Emily Ramshaw and Matt Stiles of The Texas Tribune looked into where that state’s doctors were trained and who received fast-tracked medical licenses in exchange for treating government-subsidized patients.

They found that “Of the roughly 1,500 doctors who have received fast-tracked licenses in the last three years for agreeing to treat Medicaid and Medicare patients, about 40 percent were trained at international medical schools, while just a quarter were trained at Texas medical schools.”

The site then used the data, obtained from the Texas Medical Board, and Google Gadgets to create an interactive map showing where Texas doctors were educated.


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