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Aid, restitution and international fiscal redistribution in health care: implications of health professionals' migration

Mackintosh, Maureen; Mensah, Kwadwo; Henry, Leroi and Rowson, Michael (2006). Aid, restitution and international fiscal redistribution in health care: implications of health professionals' migration. Journal of International Development, 18(6) pp. 757–770.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jid.1312
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Abstract

High and sustained levels of migration of health professionals from labour-short health services in low-income countries to the health services of rich countries create a perverse subsidy from poor to rich, flowing across national boundaries. This subsidy worsens international inequality, and creates an obligation, both ethical and legal, for the payment of restitution. Drawing on the case of the migration of health professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa to the UK, we argue that this obligation in turn constitutes an opportunity to shift development aid relationships away from a framework of charity towards a less neo-colonial ommitment to progressive international fiscal transfers.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0954-1748
Keywords: migration; doctors; nurses; health inequality; aid; restitution; redistribution
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Economics
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 8530
Depositing User: Maureen Mackintosh
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:01
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/8530
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