Journal article

The health migration crisis: the role of four Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development countries

B Pond, B McPake

LANCET | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

The crisis of human resources for health that is affecting low-income countries and especially sub-Saharan Africa has been attributed, at least in part, to increasing rates of migration of qualified health staff to high-income countries. We describe the conditions in four Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) health labour markets that have led to increasing rates of immigration. Popular explanations of these trends include ageing populations, growing incomes, and feminisation of the health workforce. Although these explanations form part of the larger picture, analysis of the forces operating in the four countries suggests that specific policy measures largely unrelat..

View full abstract