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Global Health Economics Summit

Berlin, Germany

Richard M Scheffler

Richard M Scheffler

University of California, USA

Title: Estimating And Projecting Global Workforce Shortages To 2030


Biography: Richard M Scheffler


A health workforce of adequate size and skills is critical to the attainment of any population health goal. However, countries at all levels of socioeconomic development face, to varying degrees, difficulties in the education and training, deployment, retention, and performance of their health workforce. The growing demand for health workers is forecasted to add an estimated 40 million health sector jobs to the global economy by 2030 in 165 countries with sufficient data to develop projections. The employment and economic growth potential of the health economy is even greater than this projection, presenting opportunities which benefit youth and women in particular. Most of these jobs, however, will be in upper-middle and high-income countries, with demand fuelled by rising incomes and ageing populations.