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The Trump administration is looking to slice through the occupational regulations permanently that hinder doctors and other medical professionals in order to help spur on economic growth in recovery throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Many of these same regulations were originally suspended to help with all of the COVID-19 cases swamping hospitals.
Tomas Philipson, acting chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers said, “The White House has a long interest in further cutting down occupational regulations or state licensing requirements that are unnecessary. Obviously, we want to have exams for medical doctors, etc., but that’s something that I think is very valuable in terms of an overall economic agenda.”
Here’s more from The Washington Examiner:
The Trump administration has suspended scores of healthcare regulations to give the industry latitude in responding to the pandemic. It has deregulated telemedicine, for example, by allowing doctors to get paid for seeing patients electronically as opposed to in a doctor’s office. Previously, doctors were penalized for seeing patients on a Zoom call, for example, Philipson said, instead of in person.
Giving patients and doctors telemedicine options could boost growth because people often take a day or two days off work to go and see a doctor in person, which Philipson said is “a lot of time off for people in the workforce.”
One of the big regulations that was suspended during this time of crisis was in New York City, where medical licensing rules were put on hold, allowing doctors and nurses to practice across state lines more easily. This helped reduce the burden on hospitals in the city who were experiencing a lack of medical personnel.
President Trump signed a new executive order on Tuesday of last week that would direct the heads of all federal agencies to waive regulations that could hinder economic recovery if it doesn’t impair public health or safety. This same order also informs acgences to provide guidance to businesses to understand what laws require of them so they can have a boost of confidence as they reopen.
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