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The Potential Role of the Mexican Health System in Mitigating the Impact of an Aging Medical Workforce

The Potential Role of the Mexican Health System in Mitigating the Impact of an Aging Medical... Section III: Innovative Solutions to Shortages CHAPTER 8 The Potential Role of the Mexican Health System in Mitigating the Impact of an Aging Medical Workforce David Warner As North America has become integrated economically, it has not integrated services, entitlements, or standards for provision of services in any meaning- ful way. Although more than 10 million current residents of the United States were born in Mexico and more than a million manufacturing and assembly jobs have moved from the United States to Mexico, U.S. citizens and policymakers are only now becoming aware of the enormous impact these demographic and economic forces are having on virtually all institutions in both counties. Adjust- ments in the area of health services have been particularly parochial, limited, and, generally, short sighted. The potential role of Mexican health workers, both in the United States and in Mexico, in mitigating the impact of the aging of the U.S. health work- force is rarely considered and is likely to be dismissed as (1) insubstantial and unimportant, and (2) a workforce that would lead to lower quality care and cause “brain drain” in a less developed nation. Such views ignore the multifaceted ways in which the integration http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics Springer Publishing

The Potential Role of the Mexican Health System in Mitigating the Impact of an Aging Medical Workforce

Annual Review of Gerontology & Geriatrics , Volume 25 (1): 13 – Jan 1, 2005

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Springer Publishing
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0198-8794
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1944-4036
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10.1891/0198-8794.25.1.133
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Section III: Innovative Solutions to Shortages CHAPTER 8 The Potential Role of the Mexican Health System in Mitigating the Impact of an Aging Medical Workforce David Warner As North America has become integrated economically, it has not integrated services, entitlements, or standards for provision of services in any meaning- ful way. Although more than 10 million current residents of the United States were born in Mexico and more than a million manufacturing and assembly jobs have moved from the United States to Mexico, U.S. citizens and policymakers are only now becoming aware of the enormous impact these demographic and economic forces are having on virtually all institutions in both counties. Adjust- ments in the area of health services have been particularly parochial, limited, and, generally, short sighted. The potential role of Mexican health workers, both in the United States and in Mexico, in mitigating the impact of the aging of the U.S. health work- force is rarely considered and is likely to be dismissed as (1) insubstantial and unimportant, and (2) a workforce that would lead to lower quality care and cause “brain drain” in a less developed nation. Such views ignore the multifaceted ways in which the integration

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Annual Review of Gerontology & GeriatricsSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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