The shortage of medical workers in sub-Saharan Africa and substitution policy
AbstractSubstitution policies are strategies sometimes chosen in Sub-Saharan Africa for curtailing the shortage of health professionals especially caused by the outflow of medical personnel. The aim of our contribution is to propose a way to assess the merits and drawbacks of substitution policies by developing a simple growth model of healthcare productivity with medical brain drain. Within this framework, we use a medical care production function of the CES type which aggregates low and high specialized health workers. We then run simulations which compare scenarios with and without substitution strategies by using data from the Ghana’s medical sector.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Bielefeld University, Center for Mathematical Economics in its series Working Papers with number 407.
Length: 15 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2008
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medical shortage; healthcare policy; substitution policy;
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- Arnaud Bourgain & Patrice Pieretti & Benteng Zou, 2008. "The Shortage of Medical Workers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Substitution Policy," CREA Discussion Paper Series 08-13, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
- F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
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