Should I Stay or Should I Go? Brain Drain and Moral Duties

  • Anne Raustøl


There is a critical shortage of qualified health-care workers in many poor developing countries. One reason for this shortage is that many of the trained health-care workers from poor developing countries move to wealthier countries to take up health-care work there. This leaves the poor developing country with a shortage of health-care personnel. In this chapter, I will discuss the moral duties of the individual healthcare worker and give an overview of some of the justifications for these duties. Does the health-care worker have a moral duty to stay and work in her home country, or is she morally permitted to leave?


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