Abstract:This chapter examines the health workforce in Switzerland. Section 3.1 provides an overview of the health workforce in Switzerland in terms of distribution and evolution. It also discusses the forecasted health workforce shortage. In Section 3.2, trends shaping the health workforce are reviewed and health workforce ageing, feminisation of the medical profession, as well as the expectations of younger generations of doctors in terms of professional and private life balance are all discussed. In Section 3.3, the recent reforms in the field of education are briefly reviewed and their implications are discussed. This section also examines whether or not Switzerland is training enough health personnel. The issue of international health worker migration is addressed in Section 3.4, and policies aiming to ensure better use of the existing health workforce are presented in Section 3.5. Finally, the major challenges to addressing health workforce issues in Switzerland are discussed in Section 3.6.
Document Type: Review Article
Publication date: 2011-10-01