Government action is key to solving medical drain in PH – Limpin

Brain drain in the medical sector continues to be a major problem in the country with health care workers continuing to seek greener pastures abroad.

In an interview with The Chiefs, Dr. Maricar Limpin, president of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) said that the problem has grown to include physical therapists, respiratory therapists and other health care professionals—not just nurses, especially in the private sector.

“So it’s not just about the adequacy of the nursing staff but the other health workforce as well. And the glaring problem is really the low pay that the majority of the healthcare workers are receiving. And this is primarily from the private hospitals?” she said.

Limpin further said that low pay is the chief problem among those who are seeking their fortunes in other countries and it is up to the government to do something major to reverse the trend.

“In government hospitals I think, it’s sufficient enough for the others to stay. But then again, even with the higher pay in government hospitals, nurses are still leaving, going for greener pastures. Because you know the call for better opportunity is higher in the US and the European countries like UK and even in Australia. So really, I think government must really do something to ensure that we will have enough workers who will take care of the Filipinos,” she concluded.

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