Year after year medical assistants that have received their training, degrees and other course work outside the USA are coming here to continue their career as immigrants, or under a Permanent Residency green card. An employer that sponsors a foreign-born person to work in the United States pays about $2,400 in application and legal fees to bring that person over. This employee is then the employer's responsibility for two years, unless another American company agrees to take over the terms of the sponsorship.
Foreign Trained Medical Assistants
Thousands others arrive from Canada, Mexico and overseas, such as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany because they have married a US citizen abroad and are now joining their new spouse in the USA. Because of the overall lack of regulations and absence of licensing requirements nothing is stopping them from working as medical assistants in the USA, however, if the person lacks the ability to speak English and cannot translate medical terminology, or safely operate certain medical office equipment then even their otherwise best occupational skills will not be helpful at all! The one thing that opens doors is reliable documentation of qualifications.
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Challenges for Immigrant Medical Assistants Although basic patient care, clinical techniques and medical practice management routines may essentially be the same here as elsewhere, different rules and regulations, as well as language barriers will definitely be something medical assistant from another countries must take into account. Other countries have different systems, for example, Spain, Germany and Canada have a social democratic government that provides health care coverage for everybody. These countries have their own labor and privacy laws, equivalents of HIPAA, OSHA, or Joint Commission for the Accreditation of health care Organizations and their rules and regulations may be fundamentally different. Also, their medical billing and coding and health care insurance claims procedures may be completely different. While the use of computers would be helpful, the different key commands and reading tutorials may still present a stumbling block to be overcome first.
International Degree Equivalency for Professionals You can be 18 and Canadian, or 65 and German, or 35 and French and work as a medical assistant here in the USA, however a doctor, registered nurse, occupational and physical therapist, speech language pathologist, audiologist, or any other licensed health care professional, or practitioner that is subject to health care worker licensing, registration, or certification requirements will need to have an international degree equivalency completed by the overseeing authority in the United States. This may also apply to Military spouses and dependents from other countries who seek employment as a licensed health care professionals in the US