25 Aug 2011

American Samoa's governor drops US Medical exam for foreign doctors

11:10 am on 25 August 2011

American Samoa's governor, Togiola Tulafono, is waiving requirements for foreign doctors to pass the United States Medical Licensure Examination before they can work at the LBJ Hospital.

The one year moratorium has been allowed because of the significant financial constraints faced by the hospital.

The licensing requirement has stopped the hospital attracting enough health care professionals to serve the territory's growing population.

During the moratorium the health services regulatory board is to determine the standards the medical personnel must meet.