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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

An Undersupply of Physicians?

Here's a follow up on my previous post on keeping medicine and health students in the country. Some might say my argument relies heavily on nurses while what U.P. is trying to do is stem the tide of migrating physicians.

But here's the data on physicians per 1000 people. I hardly think our 1.2 physicians per 1000 people constitutes an undersupply, given that we have a higher number than Thailand, India, and some comparable countries. But I'm no expert so  I'll let health practitioners comment on whether the number for the Philippines is sub-optimal or not.

The data is from the World Development Indicators. The latest year for the Philippines is 2004. Not all countries have a data point in this year so they have been dropped.


rowie said...
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rowie said...

it doesn't seem very high to begin with, but even if we assume, for the sake of argument, that it's average for a developing country, the situation is aggravated by the fact that most of those physicians are in urban areas. so the physicians-per-1000-people in rural Philippines is probably much lower.

personally i don't see anything wrong with the U.P. service return clause. (i have a service return clause in ateneo, in exchange for availing of an ateneo-sponsored scholarship.) the u.p. service return clause doesn't "prohibit migration" because it's just a short-term (2 to 5 years, you said?) service return.

and the presumption that the goal of public education is "to expand the freedom of people" is arguable. public education is *always* at least partly done for the purpose of supporting the state. even in grade school, the state choose a curriculum that it thinks will best serve its interests.

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