Canada increasingly reliant on foreign-trained health professionals

Hoag, Hannah
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/29/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 3, p270
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the chronic shortage of health professionals in Canada. According to the author, poor human resources planning, an underinvestment in education and an aging workforce are to blame of the deficits in domestic health workers in many other developed nations. He added that the gap between the supply and demand of health professionals have also risen, although the number of working nurses, pharmacists and dentists have risen. Moreover, there are also geographic shortages outside of major metropolitan centers and in some provinces, while there are sufficient paramedics, medical radiation technologists and dentists nationally.


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