Number of Philippine Nurses Emigrating Skyrockets

  1. The Philippines exports 15,000 nurses a year, and it's estimated that 1 in 10 Filipinos now works abroad. The nursing drain could have a crippling effect on the Philippines healthcare system.

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  2. 262 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Wow, 1 in 10 that's a lot. I think it's becoming part of their culture to work abroad and send money home. I read of a lot of domestic workers, maids and such, have went to work abroad in richer countries, such as the oil rich nations of the Arab world. So it's not just nurses. Obviously the bulk of them are nurses.

    Interesting.

    "Some hospitals don't even have nurses at all."

    However, "overseas workers send about 8 billion dollars a year home...." it's an important source of income in their economy.

    2500 leave to work overseas every day.
  4. by   lee1
    Appalling and it should stop.
    I wonder how much money the US government sends the Phillipines every year to "help" them out with their medical problems or any problem.
    If they keep their own people home and working then many of their own problems would be solved.
    This is not new news. I believe this has been a chronic problem for years.
  5. by   Rep
    Sad but true...

    Tell that to our politicians who are so indifferent to us.
  6. by   Rep
    Nurses are a just a fraction.

    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    Obviously the bulk of them are nurses.

    Interesting.

    "Some hospitals don't even have nurses at all."

    However, "overseas workers send about 8 billion dollars a year home...." it's an important source of income in their economy.

    2500 leave to work overseas every day.
  7. by   rkm
    I would disagree that there will ever be a shortage of nurses in the Philippines. In fact, we are turning out more nurses than we will ever need in this country. It is just the Philippine government and the media trying to blow things out of proportion. There is, and there will never be a shortage of nurses or doctors in the Philippines. The possibility of this happening now and in the near future is extremely improbable. Crippling the healthcare system? -NO WAY.
    Last edit by rkm on Feb 5, '05
  8. by   lee1
    Quote from rkm
    I would disagree that there will ever be a shortage of nurses in the Philippines. In fact, we are turning out more nurses than we will ever need in this country. It is just the Philippine government and the media trying to blow things out of proportion. There is, and there will never be a shortage of nurses or doctors in the Philippines. The possibility of this happening now and in the near future is extremely improbable. Crippling the healthcare system? -NO WAY.

    then they should NOT be needing any financial help from the USA for their medical issues???
  9. by   lee1
    Look why Millions of US dollars are going for aid to the Phillipines at a time they are exporting their best and brightest.

    http://www.usaid.gov/policy/budget/c...s_cbj_fy05.pdf
  10. by   NurseFirst
    Quote from rkm
    I would disagree that there will ever be a shortage of nurses in the Philippines. In fact, we are turning out more nurses than we will ever need in this country. It is just the Philippine government and the media trying to blow things out of proportion. There is, and there will never be a shortage of nurses or doctors in the Philippines. The possibility of this happening now and in the near future is extremely improbable. Crippling the healthcare system? -NO WAY.
    Why won't there ever be a shortage of nurses or doctors in the Phillipines?

    thanks,

    NurseFirst
  11. by   Rep
    I agree that there is no shortage of nurses in the Philippines. As for doctors, there is a shortage willing to work in the provinces. The government who is indifferent to the people tend to blow things out of proportion.

    Quote from rkm
    I would disagree that there will ever be a shortage of nurses in the Philippines. In fact, we are turning out more nurses than we will ever need in this country. It is just the Philippine government and the media trying to blow things out of proportion. There is, and there will never be a shortage of nurses or doctors in the Philippines. The possibility of this happening now and in the near future is extremely improbable. Crippling the healthcare system? -NO WAY.
  12. by   Rep
    Quote from lee1
    Look why Millions of US dollars are going for aid to the Phillipines at a time they are exporting their best and brightest.

    http://www.usaid.gov/policy/budget/c...s_cbj_fy05.pdf
    The best, the brightest and those who want an honest government leave because they can not do anything. They are sick and tired of the kind of government we have. We have a democractic and presidential form of government but at best it is fuedalistic. Fathers,mothers, sons, daughters, and relatives run the government. If the father has reached his term limit, his wife or son will run and eventually win. MOst politicians here against change and they want to keep the masses as ignorant as ever. So those who were able to get good education or who can't stomach the rotten government leave the country. I can rant and rant here but only Filipinos will understand what I am saying....
  13. by   tommyw1016
    I believe that if the USA needs nurses so badly that we provide tax deferments to nurses who come from other countries for five years of tax free income. "They don't have to pay taxes, can bank or send their money back home." The American nurses who are citizens of the good old USA must pay their fair share of taxes to help keep the country afloat and make payments on student loans. It isn't fair! If you work in the USA and earn an income you need to be required to pay taxes too. Let's give all American nurses a tax break too; then we Americans could concentrate on saving all of our money also. We could also make nursing an attractive professional as it was once perceived, by providing educational incentatives to American students and end the slave labor imposed on nurses in our health care institutions. Nursing homes sometimes force one nurse to care for 50 and at times 70+ residents. They then write the nurses up for missing a blood sugar. These nursing home don't believe that mistakes of this type are system problems that place nurses in harms (litigation) way.They view them as nursing errors. Nurses must not only become more proactive in protecting their nursing licience, but also in in preventing these health care facilities being run by DON'S from countries outside of the USA, where workers have limited to no rights, attempting to impose these violations of human rights on American nurses. tommyw1016
    Last edit by tommyw1016 on Feb 6, '05 : Reason: Corrections
  14. by   tommyw1016
    [QUOTE=tommyw1016]"I believe that if the USA needs nurses so badly that we provide tax deferments to nurses who come from other countries for five years of tax free income. "They don't have to pay taxes, can bank or send their money back home." The American nurses who are citizens of the good old USA must pay their fair share of taxes to help keep the country afloat and make payments on student loans. It isn't fair! If you work in the USA and earn an income you need to be required to pay taxes too. Let's give all American nurses a tax break too; then we Americans could concentrate on saving all of our money also. We could also make nursing an attractive professional as it was once perceived, by providing educational incentatives to American students and end the slave labor imposed on nurses in our health care institutions. Nursing homes sometimes force one nurse to care for 50 and at times 70+ residents. They then write the nurses up for missing a blood sugar. These nursing home don't believe that mistakes of this type are system problems that place nurses in harms (litigation) way.They view them as nursing errors. Nurses must not only become more proactive in protecting their nursing licience, but also in in preventing these health care facilities being run by DON'S from countries outside of the USA, where workers have limited to no rights, attempting to impose these violations of human rights on American nurses. tommyw1016"

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