Lead study author Cori Ofstead says, "Physicians, other caregivers, hospitals, and regulators should be paying keen attention to this issue, as patients have a right to assume that clean instruments are being used on them."
The study did not address why patients of foreign-educated physicians might fare better, but study co-author Ashish Jha of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health suggested it might be because the United States attracts the highest-quality physicians from other countries.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee during a hearing on Thursday considered draft legislation intended to stabilize the health insurance market while Republicans seek to repeal and replace the ACA.
President Trump on Sunday appeared to roll back his promise to quickly repeal and replace the ACA, saying in an interview, "Maybe it'll take till sometime into next year, but we're certainly going to be in the process."