The OECD recently released a report on the health workforce and migration policies in New Zealand, with a special focus on the international recruitment of doctors and nurses.

While the report focuses on New Zealand, primarily because NZ has the highest proportion of migrant doctors among OECD countries, the information should be of interest to all countries that are depending on immigration to support health care services.

Increasing international competition for highly skilled workers raises important issues such as sustainability and ability to compete in a global market. Better coordination and stronger collaboration could contribute to more effective and pertinent policies.

IAHSA will continue to monitor this important topic for our member’s benefit.