Future Financial Economics of Health Professional Education: Proceedings of a Workshop


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The Government Accountability Office (GAO), World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank all agree that “an adequate, well-trained, and diverse health [care] workforce is essential for providing access to quality health [care] services.” However, according to the World Bank, efforts to scale up the supply of health workers are falling short. The resulting health workforce shortage affects people’s access to quality health care around the globe, and can result in untreated sickness, disability, and adverse economic consequences. The WHO states that chronic underinvestment in health workforce education and training creates a mismatch between strategies to educate the right number and mix of health professionals and meeting the needs of the population particularly within remote and underserved communities. Matching population health needs with the right number, mix, distribution, and skill set of health workers while considering how supply and demand drive decisions within education and health was the topic of a workshop hosted by the Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education on October 6-7, 2016. The workshop, titled Future Financing of Health Professional Education, sought to explore resources for financing health professional education in high-, middle-, and low-income countries, and to examine innovative methods for financially supporting investments in health professional education within and across professions. This document summarizes the workshop.