Brain Drain of Doctors

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Brain Drain of Doctors

Anwar Ul Haque

Azad Jammu & Kashmir Medical College, Muzaffarabad

Doctors are pillars of healthcare system and there is significant shortage of doctors.To produce a well-trained competent doctor costs a lot. Third world countries’ Governments heavily subsidize public medical colleges so medical students in these colleges pay very little. On the other hand in “developed’ countries most doctors on their graduation carry heavy loans along with interest on their backs to pay off. Not surprisingly numbers of medical graduates fall short of their demand and hence these countries lure foreign doctors from third world. This brain drain is however a sheer loss for the third world. Their massive investment in producing doctors to serve the country goes waste. Amazingly third world countries appear to care less about this brain drain from their lands. Third World Countries are generally victim of bad management; at times thanks to the interventions by the Governments of “developed” countries.


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