Experts in both politics and healthcare are warning the American Government about the potential collision of two major current issues: immigration and healthcare. Current president Donald J. Trump has been notoriously conservative when it comes to both issues.
What Trump may not have considered was the pending retirement of the baby boomers, an event expected to drastically expand the need for medical care providers. Positions like personal care workers, home health aides and continuing care assistants are facing significant expansion – an expansion the U.S. may not be able to accommodate without expanding immigration.
Although some politicians have suggested that Americans can and will take those newly available jobs, some experts believe this is little more than assumption. This has much to do with salary – the average wage for a personal care worker sits at $15,800 per year. That’s much less than the current national average of $73,298, and also way below the national poverty line (about $16,000 for a family of two).
Few, if any, American families can afford to live off of such a low salary, but few baby boomers can afford to pay personal care workers more than that for care. The situation is highly likely to cause a critical overflow in healthcare services that could cost lives.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the volume of home health aide positions demanded by baby boomer care will expand by an incredible 38 percent by 2024 alone.
- Nearly a full quarter of all PCWs and HHC workers are immigrants
- Immigration and healthcare laws may reduce those numbers
- Sub-poverty wages discourage Americans from taking over the jobs
- Conversely, most elderly Americans cannot afford to pay a higher wage for care
- Clashing immigration and healthcare laws may create an elderly care crisis
Do you think those who work in high-need fields should be given special dispensations for their immigration status?