Monday, August 13, 2007

Brain drain for money

At times, it's funny to think that we find ourselves transplanted in another soil, where lifestyle and culture are a bit distinct from what we were adopted to. But still, we have insisted to try our luck at the expense of long separation from our loved ones.

And the bottom line is always economics. The magnet that pulls people, mostly from the Third World, resides in the belief that a lot of opportunities are always available in an advanced economy, though it is tantamount to the sacrifice of loneliness, if only to improve the economic condition of those who have less in life.

But the costs are enormous. As always, adjustment is something that we can't ignore, considering the intricacies that go with it which we have to face. Still, no matter what, we persist on living with it by undermining life's risks for the good of those who needed them most.
Brain drain is causing a serious toll on the developing world.

In the medical field alone, millions have left their families to try their luck elsewhere. Most of them are convinced that working abroad is the only option necessary to improve their economic woes. Which is true. For them, what they earn abroad is more than enough leverage to save more for the future of their children and retirement. Indeed, it's hard to imagine that many nursing schools have sprouted all the Philippines, an Asian country that supplies professional nurses to the United States and Europe at this time.

The Philippines produces nurses whose objective is not really to render services to the country, but to land high-paying jobs at foreign hospitals which give them good salaries. Under a democtratic system, it is their right and not a privilege, unless the government will do something about it to stem the tide of mass exodus of these professionals. But if it does, is the Philippines ready to give them the right amount of salaries that they could ask for? Of course, the answer may be "yes" or "no". Nobody is certain at this moment if the government can resolve this problem.

A sad reality, indeed, but it is true that many nurses in Asia just don't get the reasonable remuneration and incentives that they should get from their employers. Although, the present drive of the government to develop medical tourism in the country is not remote from possibility. At this time, it is taking off the ground, with many foreigners coming to the country both for tourism and medical reasons. Somehow, this would alleviate the situation. However, the increasing baby-boomers in advanced countries are creating a situation where nurses' appetite to go abroad is of prime concern. And this is something that the world cannot ignore. After all, heroism is no longer a by-word for modern-day professionals, whose advancement has been stalled by too much politics for so many years. Instead, most of them, if given a chance, would still want to leave in exchange for a good future of their children.

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