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Title:The shortage of medical workers in Sub-Saharan Africa and substitution policy PDF Logo
Authors:Bourgain, Arnaud
Pieretti, Patrice
Zou, Benteng
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working papers // Institute of Mathematical Economics 407
Abstract:Substitution policies are strategies sometimes chosen in Sub-Saharan Africa for curtailing the shortage of health professionals especially caused by the outflow of medical personnel. The aim of our contribution is to propose a way to assess the merits and drawbacks of substitution policies by developing a simple growth model of healthcare productivity with medical brain drain. Within this framework, we use a medical care production function of the CES type which aggregates low and high specialized health workers. We then run simulations which compare scenarios with and without substitution strategies by using data from the Ghana's medical sector.
Subjects:Medical shortage
Healthcare policy
Substitution policy
JEL:I18
F22
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:hbz:361-14192
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Institute of Mathematical Economics, Universität Bielefeld

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