Nurse Migration from a Source Country Perspective: Philippine Country Case Study

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Nurse shortages in developed countries have accelerated international nurse recruitment and migration, sparking debate about the consequences for sending and receiving countries and for the meeting of global health needs. The exchange of nurses between developed countries has been commonplace for years; likewise, the Philippines, with its government-approved program of producing nurses for export, are not a new subject of debate (Linda H. Aiken). The nurse migration, their reasons why do they migrate was very well addressed already by the criticizer and how they affect the health care. In that sequence, I therefore believe that what would be the issue today is on the health care system and that’s what I would like to address on the discussion. Health care system as defined is a design to meet the health care needs of target populations. With emerging numbers of nursing and doctors migrating around the country the “brain drain” can be seen in a wide variety across different health institution declining the quality of care being provided. Now, the first thing I would like to address is that, is there a need to mandate the health care policy as what is being debated right now and how will it contribute or affect the health system particularly to the nurses and the patients. I believe that there is a need to change the health system currently being implemented in our country but unfortunately the Philippine government is callous and insensitive to the plight of the Filipino people including health workers & professionals. Instead of resolving the health and economic problems of the Filipino people and the concerns of health workers that causes the Filipino nurses to migrate, the government is implementing policies detrimental to people’s welfare.

The government is implementing budget cuts for social services, wage freeze, streamlining of bureaucracy,...
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