Losing Health Workers to Wealthy Nations

Health workforces in wealthy countries lean heavily on staff from the global South—and demand is only rising as health worker deaths from COVID-19 add to wealthy countries’ demand for foreign health workers.
Across the world’s wealthiest countries, ~25% of all doctors and 16% of nurses were born abroad, according to the OECD.
The Philippines and India are top contributors to this global workforce.
For poor countries with already fragile health systems, the loss of workers through migration—and now COVID-19—comes at a terrible cost: $16 billion a year, plus excess deaths stemming from lost medical knowledge.

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