Where are All the Healthcare Workers?

Improving the world’s health depends on the right mix of trained community health workers, nurses, primary care physicians, and specialists, deployed in the right settings. But there is a shortfall of 7 million workers now, and by 2035, we will have 13 million fewer than needed, according to the World Health Organization. In the US, millions of once-uninsured people gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but if they can’t find a provider, they still lack care. Across the globe, most maternal and infant deaths occur where there aren’t enough midwives and other healthcare workers. What are the best strategies for recruiting, training, placing, and retaining workers? What are the global labor market trends and how can countries better manage and exchange health workers?

Festival: Spotlight Health 2015

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