Bridging the Gap: Transforming Knowledge into Action
July 8-12, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Monday, 10 July 2006 - 1:30 PM 91-1
Global economic issues related to the provision of healthcare and cancer care
Marko Vujicic, PhD, Health, Nutrition and Population, Human Development Network, The World Bank, 1818 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20433
OBJECTIVE: To give an overview of the global health workforce situation in developed and developing countries. To assess the sufficiency of the global health workforce to meet the health care needs of the population
METHODS: Review of evidence and data from World Bank and WHO databases. Review of literature in the area of health workforce policy.
RESULTS: It is clear that in developing countries particularly in sub-Saharan Africa the human resources and financial constraints in the health care system provide a real barrier to scaling up health services. The global flows of health care workers have been increasing as well mostly to developed economies. Various policy options are discussed to address the issues.