Nevada Officials File Complaints Alleging Exploitation Of Foreign Doctors

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada health officials have filed complaints with federal and state agencies alleging that some employers exploited foreign doctors and the laws that allow them to
work in Nevada.

Lynn O'Mara, the Nevada Health Division program manager in charge of the J-1 visa waiver program, says the complaints were filed this week with the state Board of Medical Examiners and the U.S. Labor Department.

O'Mara sent the agencies the results of an anonymous survey of J-1 physicians in which five foreign doctors alleged that their employers had breached contracts, failed to pay them bonuses and hampered their ability to provide high-quality care.

The J-1 doctors are hired on the condition they spend at least 40 hours a week seeing patients in medically underserved communities. The Las Vegas Sun has reported that J-1 doctors were diverted to more lucrative assignments to make more money for their employers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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