Supply of Physician Services in OECD Countries




Simoens S, Hurst J


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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OECD Health Working Papers




OECD countries face a number of challenges in matching the supply to the demand for the services of physicians. These include making the right decisions on the numbers and training of new entrants, on the retention and retirement of the existing stock of physicians, and on migration policies for physicians. It also requires policies to ensure that there is the right specialty mix and geographical distribution of physicians. It will require appropriate decisions on terms and conditions of service and on methods of remuneration — not only to ensure that the right number of individuals is attracted to work in medicine but also to ensure that those who are attracted are motivated to be as productive as possible. This paper explores these issues mainly from an international perspective. [from introduction]


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