The “brain drain” problem: Migrating medical professionals and global health care

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Brain drain, the migration of skilled labor out of less-developed countries, is an especially acute problem in the medical sector. Countries in the global South face enormous shortages of health-care workers. The most direct solution, to train more doctors and nurses, does not solve the problem because so many of those who are trained move to the global North to take advantage of higher salaries and an improved standard of living. Because we live in a world with porous boundaries and integrated economies, it is incumbent on us to think through questions that arise because of structural factors that benefit the already wealthy and developed economies at the expense of impoverished and struggling economies. Medical ..
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