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The migration of doctors to and from Germany

Die Migration von Ärzten aus und nach Deutschland
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Kopetsch, Thomas

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Abstract Aim: To analyse the role of Germany in the context of the strong international migration of doctors. In doing so, the migration of German doctors abroad and foreign doctors to Germany is qualitatively and quantitatively presented. Subjects and methods: The annual statistical reports from the country's medical associations given to the Federal Medical Association were investigated on migratory movements. Furthermore, a survey on how many German doctors are working in these countries was done within relevant organisations in some European countries and the US. Results: Germany is affected by an international migration of doctors in two directions. German doctors are emigrating and as well foreign doctors are immigrating. The exchange is not balanced, Germany loses more doctors every year to foreign countries than it gains through immigration. Discussion and conclusions: The increasing emigration of German doctors reinforces the shortage of doctors in Germany. In addition, the functioning of the German health system increasingly depends on the immigration of foreign doctors.
Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; migration; physician; emigration; immigration; emigration (polit. or relig. reasons); health care delivery system; Austria; Eastern Europe; conflict of interest; shortage occupation; foreign countries; Great Britain; Scandinavia
Classification Medical Sociology; Migration, Sociology of Migration; Health Policy; Occupational Research, Occupational Sociology
Method empirical; quantitative empirical
Free Keywords Emigration of doctors; Immigration of doctors; Shortage of doctors
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 33-39
Journal Journal of Public Health, 17 (2008) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)