Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Iraqi Medical Brain Drain

Here is an interesting post on about an article in the Houston Chronicle. They discuss the Iraqi medical brain drain due to most physicians and medical workers leaving the war-torn country.

Money quote:
"Does the US have an obligation to help the Iraqis get either its own nationals or physicians from other nations to come to heal the literal wounds of this ravaged nation? I think so. Healthcare is just one part of any nation's infrastructure, and key to its getting back on its feet. So if Iraqis won't come back on their own (and who could blame them?), it may be the obligation of other nations to come to their aid to ensure enough doctors are there to care for the Iraqi people."
Check out some other thoughts about the ethics of physician emigration, in the Ghanaian context, here.

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