From Émigré Health Workers to Medical Tourists: When Migration Challenges Health Systems: When Migration Challenges Health Systems

Ronald Labonte

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Abstract

A health system relies upon two groups of people: health workers, and patients. In recent decades both groups have been on the move globally. This is not a new phenomenon, but has both accelerated and shifted with global labour market opportunities and the global hunt for skilled labour in the case of health workers; and private investments in high-end health care in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) providing lower-cost treatments, one of the key incentives for patients seeking care outside of their own country for uninsured or under-insured services. There is little dispute that the world faces a global shortage of health workers, which is likely to worsen in the years ahead. There is some disagreement on the extent to which health workers’ migratory choices affect health systems in their home countries, but a consistent pattern is that ‘push’ is a more determining element in such decisions than is ‘pull’. What do findings from a recent international comparative study on the causes and consequences of health workers ‘on the move’ imply about national and international efforts to ensure health equitable outcomes in both ‘source’ and ‘destination’ countries?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5
Number of pages1
JournalEuropean Journal of Public Health
Volume28
Issue numberSupp 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • health care systems
  • Émigré Health Workers
  • Medical Tourism

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