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Study Examines Global Health Labor Market’s Future Needs, Presents Framework For Improving Health Work Policy

BMC Human Resources for Health: Forecasting imbalances in the global health labor market and devising policy responses
Richard M. Scheffler of the School of Public Health and Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and colleagues examine two recent reports on the global health labor market, one by the World Health Organization (WHO), which used a needs-based approach, and another by the World Bank, which used a labor market approach. The authors note, “These two very different approaches produce findings that have important policy implications when the results are viewed together. This paper summarizes the two approaches and the results they produce. … The results are a background for high-level policy suggestions. These broad policies would need to be refined at the country level. The results in the paper and policy suggestions provide a framework for improving health work policy around the globe” (1/11).

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