This woman is probably the best reason I can think of not to allow imported medical professionals. After 12 years – that’s right TWELVE YEARS – of complaining about abdominal pain, the hospital that performed her surgery x-rayed her to find that she’s been packing around a pair of their scissors.
Standard medical procedure in the USA is that all surgical instruments are counted prior to surgery, once the surgery is complete but before any sutures, and after the closing the surgical site. Unless every instrument is accounted for, they keep looking until they find or they don’t close the patient back up. This has the nifty little benefit of keeping goodies out of people.
Now, you can’t say that they don’t have the technology unless you are willing to admit that their surgical staff can’t count. It’s a very low-tech fix. I also don’t understand why they let this woman suffer for 12 long years for something that’s totally unnecessary. An x-ray to see if you can see something obvious with a woman who’s complaining about severe, persistent pain is inexpensive and non-invasive.
What does this have to do with “import docs”? There’s been a large push underway to raise the H1-B visa limits for nurses, doctors and others in the health care profession. Frankly, I see this as a quality of care issue. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a doctor from a country where this kind of thing is acceptable.