“Where is the doctor?”
By admin September 25, 2018

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In the WHO’s most recent global study, it reports a gap of 7.2 million healthcare workers between “supply” and “demand”, which is expected to rise to 12.9 million. This translates to  a demand form 5,073 positions to be filled, according to a report by Workforce on demand for healthcare occupations in Florida. That number was up 7 percent from 2017, representing nearly 350 more jobs that the region’s employers are struggling to fill. Most importantly, the problem will disproportionately affect the truly disadvantaged in underdeveloped world. Non-communicable diseases and migration of domestic health workers are accelerating regional imbalances. Ranking amongst the top careers in terms of salary has not yielded career-seekers to try and meet the booming demand which largely resulted from an ageing society.

Before discussing ideal solutions to this problem, dissecting the general data is a necessary step. In United States, personal care aid appeared to meet labor force demand, according to the Bureau of Labor, while healthcare practitioners including homecare and nursing staff are rather insufficient. The shortage of nurses that began in the end of 20th century is also problematic. In 2016, Mercer published a report on Trends In The Healthcare Workforce and projected a 20% growth of the demand for nursing assistants in United States, which is the highest among all categories.

The supply and demand model in economics provides us a comprehensive understanding of the causes of the problem. Healthcare should have responded to the emerging trends in our fast-changing world, but many students are not equipped with fundamental skills and updated knowledge. Take a glance at the curriculum of a typical medical school and we can find that trainings on interpersonal communication and management are nowhere to be seen. Another contributing factor is that younger physicians prefer to work part-time or in specialties that are further away from fairly laborious on-call responsibilities. Moreover, although job earnings ranking the top in most countries, stratification of salary does exist in different occupations.

The key to this problem lies in joint efforts of all stakeholders, which include government, medical schools, and hospitals. When it comes to job market, workforce planning and monitoring are of great importance. An effective health-care system should function well in data collection, obtaining the right number of healthcare workers and measuring their capabilities in doing their jobs. This has greater meaning for the vulnerable group. However, tracing back to the origin of this phenomenon, more incentives are needed to attract more young talents to enter healthcare industry. The 6-to-8-year education commitment means huge time and monetary costs that are far from affordable for many families.

Government, foundations, civil society share the responsibility of relieving the financial burden of students. In addition, for employees in this industry, building connections early on with professional associations and hospitals are deductive to the current crisis. On-site and remote medical services are to offer new comers the opportunity of applying knowledge learned in the class into practice and speed up the length of “orientation.”

Source / Read more:

A Universal Truth: no health without a workforce, The Global Health Workforce Alliance

Occupational Supply/Demand Report, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Healthcare Workforce 2025, Part II: Trends In the Health Care Workforce

Health-care workers in short supply, forcing employers to chase talent with sweeter rewards

Supply and Demand in the Health Care Workforce

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