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Health Workforce Planning in OECD Countries: A Review of 26 Projection Models from 18 Countries


  • Tomoko Ono


  • Gaetan Lafortune


  • Michael Schoenstein



Health workforce planning aims to achieve a proper balance between the supply and demand for different categories of health workers, in both the short and longer-term. Workforce planning in the health sector is particularly important, given the time and cost involved in training new doctors and other health professionals. In a context of tight budget constraints, proper health workforce planning is needed not only to guide policy decisions on entry into medical and nursing education programmes, but also to assess the impact of possible re-organisations in health service delivery to better respond to changing health care needs... La planification de la main-d'oeuvre dans le domaine de la santé vise à atteindre un juste équilibre entre l'offre et la demande pour les différentes catégories de professionnels de santé, à court et à long terme. La planification de la main-d'oeuvre dans le secteur de la santé s'avère particulièrement importante compte tenu du temps et des coûts investis dans la formation de nouveaux médecins et autres professionnels. Dans un contexte de fortes contraintes budgétaires, une planification appropriée du personnel de santé est nécessaire non seulement pour guider les décisions en matière d'admission aux études de formation médicale et infirmière, mais aussi pour évaluer l'impact d'éventuelles ré-organisations dans la prestation des services de santé afin de mieux répondre aux nouveaux besoins...

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  • Tomoko Ono & Gaetan Lafortune & Michael Schoenstein, 2013. "Health Workforce Planning in OECD Countries: A Review of 26 Projection Models from 18 Countries," OECD Health Working Papers 62, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaad:62-en

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    5. Christopher J. Gerry & Igor Sheiman, 2016. "The Health Workforce of the Russian Federation in the Context Of the International Trends," HSE Working papers WP BRP 01/PSP/2016, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
    6. Scheil-Adlung, Xenia., 2015. "Long-term care protection for older persons : a review of coverage deficits in 46 countries," ILO Working Papers 994886493402676, International Labour Organization.
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    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • J11 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts

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