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The International Migration of Health Professionals

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  • Grignon, Michel

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    (McMaster University)

  • Owusu, Yaw

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    (McMaster University)

  • Sweetman, Arthur

    ()
    (McMaster University)

Abstract

Health workforce shortages in developed countries are perceived to be central drivers of health professionals' international migration, one ramification being negative impacts on developing nations' healthcare delivery. After a descriptive international overview, selected economic issues are discussed for developed and developing countries. Health labour markets' unique characteristics imply great complexity in developed economies involving government intervention, licensure, regulation, and (quasi-)union activity. These features affect migrants' decisions, economic integration, and impacts on the receiving nations' health workforce and society. Developing countries sometimes educate citizens in expectation of emigration, while others pursue international treaties in attempts to manage migrant flows.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6517.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2012
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Publication status: published in: Amelie F. Constant and Klaus F. Zimmermann (eds.), The International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar; 75-97.
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6517

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  1. Ivy Lynn Bourgeault & Michel Grignon, 2013. "A Comparison of the Regulation of Health Professional Boundaries across OECD Countries," European Journal of Comparative Economics, Cattaneo University (LIUC), vol. 10(2), pages 199-223, August.

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