In today’s globalized setting, the Philippines is at a disadvantage with professional health practitioners migrating for greater pay and incentives in the Global North leaving hospitals and healthcare facilities undermanned especially in the country’s rural areas. On the one hand, poorer health outcomes, commercialized and thus increasingly lower quality of healthcare education, and dependency to overseas remittances are some of its negative impacts. On the other hand, a recognized advantage is skills acquisition.
These are the major findings of a study conducted in the Philippines by a group of scholars which includes Dr. Maria Midea M. Kabamalan, Associate Professor of the University of the Philippines Population Institute. The first author is Dr. Erlinda Castro-Palaganas of the University of the Philippines Baguio. The other co-authors are their research collaborators from the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University.
An examination of the causes, consequences, and policy responses to the migration of highly trained health personnel from the Philippines: the high cost of living/leaving- a mixed method study is published in the peer-reviewed, open access journal Human Resources for Health (Vol. 15, No. 25). This journal focuses on health resources research concerning information, planning, production, management, and governance especially those with global significance.