Health work force planning in the 90s, Part II: Enough in the right place at the right time?
The focus of this discussion has been on achieving a distribution of health care professionals that meets the objective of making health services available to the total population. The need for a systematic approach to planning, not only for the health care work force, but for the system in general, has been recognized as the highest priority for the health care systems of industrialized countries for over a decade. Overall, the goal of health care work force planning the world over is "to provide the right type of education and training for the right number and type of people needed to render effectively and safely the right types of service when and where required by the population." What is needed is a readiness to evaluate existing service delivery models, to retain those found to be effective and efficient, and to re-direct resources from outdated or ineffective strategies into new approaches found to better meet this goal. We need to envision the health care work force as a whole; work toward making it as efficient as possible, and thereby maintain our national commitment to universal health care.
Turner, LA; Ostbye, T; Pederson, LL
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